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Ardglass dad Neil Rooney dies in Belfast harbour accident

By Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-two who was killed in a work accident in the Belfast Harbour Estate.

Named locally as Neil Rooney, the man was involved in an incident at Stormont Wharf.

It's understood he was working at a building site in the area when a chain fell on top of him and trapped him.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service were called to the incident after 8am yesterday.

A Rapid Response Vehicle, a doctor, an ambulance and emergency crew and a Hazardous Area Response Officer attended.

Mr Rooney, who is from the Ardglass area, and his partner, Lyndsey McQuoid, have a teenage son and daughter.

Online tributes have been pouring in for the workman who was known to friends as Neily and is understood to be aged in his 40s.

One friend said on Facebook: "In total shock. My heart goes out to Lyndsey, your beautiful children and the family circle at this sad time. RIP Neil."

Another posted: "Such a tragedy, thinking of your partner and young kids.

"Another life taken too soon."

Dermott Curran, an SDLP councillor for the Downpatrick area, said: "It came as a great shock to me when I learned of his death.

"It's a very sad tragedy for his family and friends. I offer my condolences to his family at this awful time.

"A young person has lost their life and that is very sad. It's to know what to say when an accident like that happens," he added.

Naomi Bailie, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area, said: "It's shocking that any young person in the community would have such a tragic end to their life.

"It's shocking for the wider Downpatrick community and very sad for family members and it will take time for them to come to terms with his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

A spokesperson for Belfast Harbour said: "Belfast Harbour can confirm that there was an incident on Tuesday morning, on Stormont Wharf and that a fatality has occurred."

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said: "NIFRS received a call at 8.20am on Tuesday to attend an incident at Stormont Wharf, McCaughey Road, Duncrue, Belfast. Fire appliances from Whitla and Central Fire Stations were in attendance."

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) confirme d it is investigating the incident.

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