The death has occurred of former Mayo TD and District Court Judge Séamus Hughes.

Tributes are pouring in this lunchtime for the Westport native who was elected as a TD for Fianna Fail in the 1992 general election in the old three-seater West Mayo constituency. He lost his seat in the next election in 1997 when Mayo was reduced to a single five-seat constituency.

He was also a public representative on Westport Town Council and Mayo County Council for 16 years.

He served as State Solicitor from 2000 to 2009 when he was appointed a district court judge where he presided in District No 1 north Donegal and District No 9 Longford and Westmeath.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Seamus Hughes.

“I am deeply saddened at the passing of Seamus Hughes, someone who served the people of Westport with distinction as a TD and Councillor.

I knew Seamus very well, as a colleague in the Dail, and later in his time as a District Court Judge.

 He was a very calm, measured and decent individual. A thorough gentleman.

 My deepest sympathies for to his wife Maria and children, Colin, Emmet, Sarah and Donal.”

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis".

His funeral arrangements are not yet available.