Katherine Zappone has announced the death of her wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. In a statement the Children's Minister says she's heartbroken at the passing of her love and life-partner.
The couple have been together since 1981 and married in British Columbia in 2003.
A high profile partnership they campaigned through the Courts, Oireachtas and in public to have their marriage legally recognised here.
Minister Zappone has thanked staff at St James Hospital who cared for Ann Louise during her brief illness.