Dundalk Democrat photographer Arthur Kinahan has trawled through the archives for some of the best moments from former Louth TD Brendan McGahon's colourful life.
Take a trip through Brendan's political with our gallery above.
Fine Gael Louth TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has expressed his sympathies on the sad news of Mr McGahon's passing.
“Brendan was a friend and colleague for over 30 years and I am very sorry to hear the news of his passing.
“Brendan had a larger than life personality which made him a really popular TD. He was clear and outspoken in his views and was very well loved by the people of Louth, particularly in his home-town of Dundalk.
“Brendan was known to be fearless, hardworking and outstanding in his field.
“My condolences go to Brendan’s family at this sad time.”
Mairéad McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament has expressed her deepest sympathy to the family, friends and party colleagues of Brendan.
“Those close to him can take pride in his absolute commitment to public service and to social justice. He was very connected with the people of Louth and to see him walk the Streets of Dundalk you could feel the affection in which he was held by his constituents.
“He never lost that connection, he loved public service and always went about his duties with a great sense of fun.” she said.
“For me personally he was extremely helpful in my political career and I will always be grateful to him for that.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”