Taoiseach Micheal Martin has led tributes today on the death of Kathleen Reynolds, who was the wife of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
The Sligo native who was 88, and the mother of a family of seven, died at her home in Dublin this morning.
Micheal Martin said on twitter this afternoon that he'd been saddened to hear of the death of Kathleen Reynolds, describing her as dedicated and steadfast , and who'd helped her husband at a crucial time in Ireland's peace process.
Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said Albert Reynolds did more than any Taoiseach before him on the peace process and Kathleen was very much a partner in that work.
He added that Kathleen Reynolds had always made him feel welcome.
Longford/Westmeath TD and Junior Minister Robert Troy said this afternoon he'd often heard people speak of Kathleen as being the epitome of the "great woman behind every good man".
Longford Fianna Fail Deputy Joe Flaherty said Kathleen Reynolds had taken the people of Longford to her heart and had become a very popular figure in her own right when the family lived in the town.
Kathleen Reynolds had been ill for some time before her death and one of her last public appearances in Longford was in May of 2016 for the renaming of the Mall as the Albert Reynolds Peace Park in memory of her husband and his part in bringing about the peace process.
No funeral arrangements have been announced so far.
Listen to tribute from Pat Donnelly, Chair of Longford Comhairle Dail Cheantar on Let's Talk today.