Local Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden has died.
The popular deputy passed away this afternoon following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Elected to the Dáil on the third attempt in 2011, she previously served on Athlone Town Council, Westmeath County Council and Westmeath VEC.
The mother-of-two was first elected as a councillor in 1999 and became a senator in 2007 prior to her elevation to the Dáil.
She confirmed her motor neurone diagnosis in June 2012.