The President has paid tribute to Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan who died suddenly in London today.
The 46 year old was in London for a short recording session.
President Higgins said Dolores and The Cranberries had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally.
Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this time.
Music Journalist Tom Dunne gave his reaction to the news:
Trish Laverty reports looks back on her career:
File image: Dolores O'Riordan, 1999, via RollingNews.ie