30 March 2006 20:32
The death has taken place of the author John McGahern. He died suddenly in the Mater Hospital in Dublin at about midday today.
President McAleese said Ireland had lost an outstanding literary talent.
'His work often pitched him into a place of some discomfort, not only for himself but for the reader also,' Ms McAleese said.
John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934. He was raised in counties Leitrim and Roscommon.
He first came to prominence in the 1960s with his second novel 'The Dark', which was banned. After the publication of the book the author was dismissed from his job as a teacher in Clontarf in Dublin.
John McGahern's other novels include 'That They May Face The Rising Sun', 'The Barracks', 'The Leavetaking', and 'Amongst Women', which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1990.
Three collections of his short stories were published, and he also wrote plays for theatre, radio and television.
His last published work was his autobiography, 'Memoir', which was released last year.
For the past three decades he lived with his second wife, Madeline Green, in Co Leitrim.