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Tributes to Derry father Seamus McGuire who died after fall at flats

By Donna Deeney

A man who passed away yesterday morning after a fall outside flats in the Creggan area of Londonderry has been named locally as Seamus McGuire.

Mr McGuire (56) - who is understood to have lived in the Ballymagroarty area of the city - was admitted to Altnagelvin hospital on Monday evening after he was discovered injured on a communal stairway of flats in Inniscarn Crescent around 8pm.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area and who may have seen Mr McGuire fall to contact them.

It is understood Mr McGuire was originally from Kesh in Co Fermanagh but had lived in Derry for more than 20 years.

Seamus Breslin, who knew Mr McGuire, said he was saddened by the news.

"I was so sorry to hear Seamus died. He was a lovely fella, nothing complicated about him," Mr Breslin said.

"He was a great man on the building sites but he was quiet too and kept himself to himself.

"But he would have shouted 'hello' to you if he saw you in the street.

"He had a daughter who would be around three and he idolised her.

"I know he was taken to hospital, but I just imagined he would get home again.

"It just shows you how fragile life is and how bad a fall can be.

"There have been serious problems with that stairway and people have been trying to get something done about that."

Derry and Strabane District Council member Gary Donnelly offered his condolences to Mr McGuire's family.

"It is sad that a man had lost his life on the stairway of these flats and I extend my sympathy to his family and friends," the councillor said.

"The stairway, landing and balcony of these flats have been a concern for people living in the flats and I have raised their concerns with the Housing Executive in the past.

"It is only a few months since a young girl fell from the balcony on to the pavement below and was left badly injured.

"Something needs to be done to make sure this tragedy isn't repeated again."

As police returned to the scene yesterday afternoon, Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: "A post mortem examination will take place in due course to determine the cause of death.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Inniscarn Crescent on Monday evening and who witnessed the man falling or anyone with any information about the incident to contact detectives in Strand Road," he added.

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