Hannick said: “On behalf of the members of our union, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Marian Finucane.
 
“Her contribution to broadcasting and journalism has been well acknowledged since her untimely death. However, Marian should also be remembered as a person who played a leading role for many years in the struggle of women for equality in Ireland.”

She added: “In her long broadcasting career she provided a platform for those highlighting areas of discrimination against women in Ireland such as unequal pay and not being able to avail of contraception.

“Through her work, Marian Finucane helped bring about significant progress in Irish society during a crucial period of change.”