Former Labour TD Joe Sherlock dies aged 71
Former Labour Party TD Joe Sherlock has died at the age of 71.
Mr Sherlock was elected as a Labour TD in Cork East in 2002 having previously held a seat for the Workers' Party.
He decided not to contest the recent general election, but his son Sean retained his seat in the constituency.
Labour politicians have been paying tribute to their former colleague today, with party leader Eamon Gilmore describing him as an outstanding public representative who always put the need of others before his own interests.