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Sunday 4 December 2016

Tragedy as girl (8) dies in tractor accident

Ciara Treacy

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí in Westport and the Health and Safety Authority have launched separate investigations into the young girl’s death. Stock picture
Gardaí in Westport and the Health and Safety Authority have launched separate investigations into the young girl’s death. Stock picture

Separate investigations have been launched following the death of an eight-year-old girl in a farming accident.

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The girl was fatally injured in an incident involving a tractor on a farm in the region of Islandeady, Co Mayo.

The accident occurred at around 5pm yesterday.

The girl was brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where she was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination on her body will be carried out today.

Gardaí in Westport and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have launched separate investigations into the young girl's death.

Last night local councillor Frank Durcan described it as a "tragic" accident for the close community.

"It's only about four or five miles from me and would be only a few miles from Taoiseach Enda Kenny's home," the Independent representative said.

"It's very tragic for any family to have an accident like that.

"There have been a lot of farm deaths involving children and the Government has learned nothing from it.

"There should be laws enacted prohibiting children from being near farms," Mr Durcan added.

Castlebar councillor Cyril Burke expressed his sympathy after hearing the news.

"It's a very sad situation for the family to lose their eight-year-old while working on the family farm," he told the Irish Independent. "For the rest of their lives it will be very difficult for them. You can never be too careful with children on a farm."

The HSA confirmed it had been notified about the accident and would be sending inspectors down today as part of the investigation.

"This is obviously a very sensitive issue and it will be treated accordingly," a spokesman said.

This is the second farm-related fatality to occur in Mayo in recent days. A farmer in his fifties was killed when he fell and sustained injuries while moving sheep on Mweelrea Mountain. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last year 18 people died on Irish farms.

Irish Independent

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