The award-winning writer and disability activist Paddy Doyle has died, his family have announced.
He was well known for being outspoken on issues such as disability and child abuse.
Mr Doyle was the author of the best-selling novel The God Squad, a searing account of institutional abuse.
“Fergal Bowers on Twitter: “Sad news of the death of the award-winning writer & disability activist, Paddy Doyle. Those who read his best selling novel ‘The God Squad’ will never forget it. He is survived by his wife, three sons & six grandchildren. I took this photo with him in his home in 2017. RIP Paddy. ”
Mandy McAuley on Twitter: “Paddy Doyle, the Irish writer & disability activist has died. His unforgettable, ground breaking book, “The God Squad”, exposed the full horror of the abuse & cruelty suffered by children in Irish institutions. His work also affirmed the enduring power of human love & resilience.”
Paddy Doyle was born in Wexford on 19 May 1951.