Alastair said: “I am very sad to hear about the sudden passing of Lord Ballyedmond. He was a remarkable businessman who developed Norbrook into one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world, exporting over 800 products to more than 120 countries worldwide.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Lord Ballyedmond over many years. He worked tirelessly to promote Northern Ireland as an investment location and made a tremendous contribution to our local economy. Lord Ballyedmond will be sadly missed by both the business and wider community and I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to his friends and family."