Larkin expresses shock felt by South Armagh community following tragic death

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Sunday, June 4th, 2017
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Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has spoke of the shock felt by residents in Mullaghbawn following the tragic death of a young man working on the Bog Road in the village.

On Wednesday afternoon an accident occurred during resurfacing of the Bog Road.

“A young Polish man lost his life while working to provide for his family,” Larkin stated.

“His distressed colleagues ran to a nearby house and summoned the emergency services. Before long the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and Police were in attendance. The Health and Safety Executive spent the day at the scene as did a number of investigators from the PSNI.

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“As I arrived on site I spoke to the residents, the Police and the victim’s colleagues. The workers were devastated by the loss of a friend who had been with them a number of years.

“They remained there until late in the evening not wishing to leave him. It was a heartbreaking scene. The Fire Brigade and Police recovered the body just after 10pm, as darkness began to fall.”

Councillor Larkin continued, “It was a harrowing experience, and I would like to commend the emergency services for carrying out a difficult task in tragic circumstances with diligence and professionalism, providing the victim with some dignity.

“The community in Mullaghbawn have been shocked by this accident and I extend my utmost and heartfelt gratitude for opening their doors to provide comfort and support, both to this man’s colleagues, and to the emergency services.

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“I have been in contact with his home community in South Derry to assure them that the residents of Mullaghbawn hold them in their thoughts and to reassure them that we remained at the Bog Road until their friend, neighbour and loved one was recovered,” he added.

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