“I learned of the death of Charles Haughey with much personal regret. There will be other days to reflect on Mr Haughey, the politician. But today, the day of his death, I want to pay my respects to Charles Haughey the man: father, husband, grandfather, parliamentary colleague.
“I’ve known Charles Haughey throughout my political career and found him to be personally warm, engaging, thoughtful and courteous.
“Obviously, Mr Haughey the politician will dominate news and commentary over the coming days, with public debate of numerous aspects of his political career, becoming his lot, perhaps, in perpetuity. In life, I believe Mr Haughey bore his humiliations with dignity and, no doubt, personal pain.
“Personally and on behalf of Fine Gael, I extend deep sympathy to Maureen, their children and to Mr Haughey’s wider family and friends. On this day, especially, I’m sure there are many people in Ireland, who hope as I do, that for all of us, there will be kindness at the end.”