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Politicians rally to offer best wishes to ex-SDLP MLA badly injured in car crash

By Cate McCurry

Best wishes for a speedy recovery have flooded in for a former SDLP MLA after he was badly injured in a car crash.

Tommy Gallagher (75) was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he was in a stable condition last night.

The ex-Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA had been travelling in a car with his wife when it was involved in a collision with a lorry outside Kesh on Monday.

Mrs Gallagher was taken to the nearby South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

It is understood she suffered bruising, and was able to walk away from the damaged vehicle. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: "We were all shocked to hear Tommy was involved in such a serious crash.

"My understanding is that he has sustained some serious injuries as a result and is currently in hospital following treatment. 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."

DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers are with Tommy and his family at this time. Best wishes for a full recovery."

David Mahon, a DUP councillor who lives in Kesh, said the corner where the accident took place was "quite dangerous" and he had seen numerous accidents.

"It's an unfortunate accident. Thankfully no one lost their life and I want to wish him a speedy recovery," he said.

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn tweeted: "Sorry to hear about Tommy Gallagher and Eileen's misfortune. I wish them both a full and speedy recovery."

And UUP MLA Rosemary Barton said: "My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy, Eileen and the family at this time. I wish those injured a speedy recovery back to full health."

Born in Ballyshannon, Mr Gallagher was an MLA from 1998 until 2011.

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