Belfast Telegraph’s former parliamentary correspondent Desmond McCartan dies after tragic accident
The Belfast Telegraph’s former parliamentary correspondent Des McCartan has died after a tragic accident in London.
Mr McCartan fractured his skull in a fall on March 22, the day of the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in West London, the trauma centre which was also treating victims of the attack.
Des never regained consciousness and his life support was removed a week later.
Desmond joined the Telegraph in 1968, after previously working as a reporter for the East Antrim Times, and began reporting on the beginning of the Troubles when a period of serious rioting led to the arrival of the Army on Belfast streets.
He left the newspaper after 33 years to become chief press officer at the Privy Council Office with responsibility to Leader of the House of Commons, Robin Cook.
Saddened to learn Des McCartan, for many years the Belfast Telegraph's Westminster correspondent, has passed away. He was a fine journalist.— Ken Reid (@KenReid_utv) April 5, 2017
Sad to hear of death of Des McCartan from Belfast Evening Tel. Once asked office to stop being so rowdy as he was on phone...to Bill Clinton— Jason Beattie (@JBeattieMirror) April 5, 2017
Sad to hear that Lobby legend and sometime Harriet-handler Des McCartan has died. I learned so much from working with him.— Alex Marklew (@MarklewA) March 30, 2017