Tributes paid to cycling legend who was killed in farm accident
Tributes have been paid to a farmer who was killed in a farm accident in Co Meath.
Popular cyclist Gay Howard (70s) died in an accident on a potato farm near Stamullen on Friday.
It's understood that he was struck by a teleporter.
Mr Howard was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Friday afternoon and later pronounced dead.
He was remembered as a "legend of Irish cycling" and was the driving force behind Stamullen Road Club in Co Meath for decades.
Cycling Ireland said it was incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Gabriel Howard this evening. "‘Gaybo’ has been at the heart of Irish cycling, and was one of the sports hardest working and most dedicated volunteers. Cycling Ireland wish to offer Kay Howard and all his family, friends and clubmates our deepest sympathies. He leaves a big hole in Irish cycling."
The HSA is launching a two-week blitz of farm inspections from next week, with 400 planned farm visits to take place.
From Monday, inspectors will focus in on safe handling of livestock as a key part of their campaign.
Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), said that planning work with safety in mind is particularly important at this busy time of year.
“During what is now a more concentrated calving period, fatigue and increased stress levels are almost inevitable,” he said.