The Pro Life Campaign has expressed deep sadness at the death of its Honorary President, former senator Des Hanafin.

Commenting on hearing the news, PLC spokesperson Cora Sherlock said: “Des was a great man who made an enormous contribution to Irish public life. He was also a wonderful raconteur and always tremendous company. 

“On the issues he is most identified with, he took his stand out of a deep personal conviction and went to great lengths to make his point without causing offence to others. He made no end of personal sacrifices in helping the pro-life cause and was always prepared to go the extra mile.

“We are all very fortunate in the Pro Life Campaign to have known him so well and to have benefited from his advice and wisdom right up to the end of his life.

“We extend our very deepest sympathies to his wife Mona, daughter Mary, son John and extended family and close friends at this very sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”