Farmer drowns in slurry pit
An elderly farmer died after apparently falling into a slurry pit in the Republic.
Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority will now carry out separate investigations into the latest farm tragedy which claimed the life of Lawrence McLoughlin (70) at Loughegear, just outside Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
He apparently fell into the open slurry pit and drowned. It is understood that he was found by a family member. The exact circumstances of the accident are still being probed.
The emergency services rushed to the farm after the alarm was raised about 6pm yesterday evening.