(photo - Irish Independent)
Tributes are being paid from across the political divide following the death of PJ Mara.
The 73 year old former Fianna Fail strategist passed away overnight after a long illness.
Party leader Micheal Martin has described him as a "true original" who brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to his role.
Former Fine Gael TD Maurice Manning has said he was a close friend despite being "a master of the black arts".
Former Minister for Tourism & Sport Jimmy McDaid has been paying tribute to him on today's Shaun Doherty Show: