Thursday 29 January 2015

Boy (3) who died in Galway lift tragedy to be buried tomorrow

Published 17/01/2014 | 16:46

14/01/2014  Flowers at Hynes Building Augustine Street Galway where Solomon  Soremukun was killed Photo:Andrew Downes
Flowers at Hynes Building Augustine Street Galway where Solomon Soremukun was killed Photo: Andrew Downes

A three-year-old boy who died after he was crushed in a lift in Galway city earlier this week will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Solomon Soremekun will be laid to rest at the New Cemetery in Galway city following a prayer service at the hospital mortuary.

His mother Omolara Alabi and father Ade Soremekun, along with his three sisters, Princess, Esther and Zion will attend the private service along with members of the local Nigerian community.

Ms Alabi has now obtained legal representation from Galway solicitor Gerard O'Donnell.

He described Ms Alabi as "traumatised" since the death of her son but said she was anxious to find out how the freak accident could have occurred.

The tragedy unfolded at the Hynes Building on St Augustine Street in the city on Monday afternoon.

The family had only moved to Galway in recent weeks and were visiting a Department of Social Protection office in the building, to complete paperwork associated with their move, when the incident occurred.

Two investigations are underway into the circumstances surrounding the death of the young boy. Ms Alabi is now expected to meet with officials from the Health and Safety Authority, who are carrying out an investigation, next week.

Inspectors from the HSA conducted a detailed examination of the lift area in the three-storey building throughout the week. The building reopened to the public this afternoon.

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