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'We have lost a national treasure. . .'

"Today we have lost a national treasure. Across Ireland and the world people are mourning and celebrating Maeve Binchy. She is a huge loss wherever stories of love, hope, generosity and possibility are read and cherished.

Today as a nation we are thankful for and proud of the writer and the woman Maeve Binchy.

I offer my deepest sympathies on behalf of the Government and the Irish people to her husband Gordon Snell and extended family." -- An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

"I'm very sad to hear it, she's one of those amazing people. When I went through a phase when things weren't going as I'd hoped, Maeve sent me a personal note.

"We had lost the job [on Open House] and she sent me a beautiful note -- she sent it to my home and I don't know how she got my address, but she did. It basically said 'these things happen, you're bound to bounce back' ... it was really kind.

"She was really caring and seemed to do something to cheer up anyone who was down."

-- Marty Whelan

"She was such a special person, such an extraordinarily talented woman and role model for every woman in Ireland.

"She was a very warm human being, everybody said that about her. I remember meeting her at a party years ago and neither of us knew anyone there ... Maeve was just so nice." -- RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan