A MAN killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps over Christmas is a cousin of Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins.
Michael Clifford (27), from Ballyagran in Limerick, was living near Zurich and died while skiing on St Stephen's Day.
Mr Collins paid tribute to his cousin, telling the 'Limerick Leader' it was "shocking" news.
"It is very shocking news and I offer my sympathies to Michael's parents Patricia and David and all the family," he said.
Mr Clifford was reported missing by his girlfriend when he failed to return to the hotel where they had been staying. His body was recovered the following day.