Belfast Telegraph

Ex-SDLP MLA Gallagher in 'stable condition' after being airlifted to hospital following car crash

Mr Gallagher is a former Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA

By Jill Goligher

Former SDLP Assembly member Tommy Gallagher is now in a 'stable condition' after being rushed to hospital on Monday following a serious road traffic collision in Co Fermanagh.

The 75-year-old had to be flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after he was badly injured.

It is understood that he underwent treatment for his injuries on Monday.

A Royal Victoria Hospital spokesperson has confirmed that Mr Gallagher is now in a '"stable condition".

The crash, involving a car and a lorry, occurred between Kesh and Boa Island Road just after 12.30pm on Monday. The two people in the car, believed to be Mr Gallagher and his wife Eileen, were taken to hospital.

The Pettigo Road near Kesh where the crash took place remained closed until yesterday evening.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said that the thoughts of all SDLP members are with Mr Gallagher.

“We were all shocked to hear Tommy was involved in such a serious crash yesterday. My understanding is that he has sustained some serious injuries as a result and is currently in hospital following treatment," said the Foyle MLA.

“Tommy represents the heart and soul of the SDLP, he’s known to members across the North and continues to play an important role in the party. The thoughts of all our members are with him and Eileen and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan said his thoughts and prayers are with Mr Gallagher's friends and family.

"Thankfully I have heard that Tommy is stable but has sustained a number of serious injuries after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry earlier this morning," he said.

"I, along with my SDLP colleagues and local councillors, wish Tommy and Eileen a speedy and full recovery."

Born in Ballyshannon, the Fermanagh and South Tyrone representative had been a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 until 2011, when he lost his seat to Sinn Fein's Phil Flanagan.

Mr Gallagher - who regularly stood for the SDLP in Westminster elections - had also worked as a teacher and was deputy head of St Mary's High School in Belleek.

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