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Belfast lawyer’s release from ICU hailed as inspirational and life-affirming

Lawyer Niall Murphy had been in a critical condition with coronavirus but was wheeled out of ICU on Friday night.

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Niall Murphy has been released from intensive care (Brian Lawless/PA)

Niall Murphy has been released from intensive care (Brian Lawless/PA)

Niall Murphy has been released from intensive care (Brian Lawless/PA)

The release from intensive care of a well-known solicitor who had been in critical condition with coronavirus has been hailed as inspirational.

Niall Murphy, 43, gave the thumbs-up in video footage of him being wheeled from ICU on Friday night.

The married father-of-three from Belfast is a partner in KRW Law in Belfast.

He has been involved in many high-profile criminal trials and civil court cases, often representing victims of the Troubles.

Mr Murphy’s release from ICU on Good Friday has been described as “life-affirming and poignant” by his friend and fellow partner at KRW Law Kevin Winters.

Mr Winters told the PA news agency: “Hearing news of his transfer out of ICU has been seismic for Niall’s family.

“The timing of the move coming as it did on Good Friday is both life-affirming and poignant.

“Watching the video of Niall being clapped and cheered by all the medical staff as he leaves ICU is truly inspirational and a defiantly iconic moment during this hellish crisis.”

Mr Murphy is also a keen gaelic games enthusiast.

Antrim GAA tweeted on Friday night:

“Great to see Niall Murphy is out of ICU. All the prayers are working.”

Sinn Fein Assembly member Gerry Kelly tweeted the video.

“Go Niall go!” he posted.

PA