Saturday 21 April 2018

'You could always rely on him' - Tributes paid to man (29) killed after being struck by two cars

Robert McLoughlin was tragically killed in the early hours of Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles (Picture provided by Councillor John McGahon)
Robert McLoughlin was tragically killed in the early hours of Saturday morning after being struck by two vehicles (Picture provided by Councillor John McGahon)

Amy Molloy and Hayley Halpin

A young accountant who was tragically killed after being struck by two cars has been described as "the kind of guy you could always rely on".

Robert McLoughlin (29) died when he was hit on the old Newry Road in Dundalk, Co Louth in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is understood he had just gotten out of a taxi and was hit by two cars while crossing the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3.15am.

Local Fine Gael councillor, John McGahon, who was best friends with the young man, said the community has been left devastated by his death.

"Robert has been one of my best friends for as long as I can remember. Robert to me and my group of friends was always the go-to guy. He was always the guy you'd go to if you had a problem," Cllr McGahon told Independent.ie.

"He was always the guy you could rely on. This is such a total and utter tragedy. I've never been in this position before to explain it properly. All I can say is that he will be sincerely and greatly missed by every single one of his friends, who are in the hundreds. He'll be greatly missed by his older brother and sister and he'll be greatly missed by his mother and father and the rest of his extended family."

Fianna Fáil councillor Conor Keelan also offered his condolences to the McLoughlin family.

"Himself and his family are very well respected in the local community. This will come as a major shock to the local community.

My family have known the McLoughlin family all our lives and I’m just shocked. Traffic on this road is always quite heavy and it is unfortunate that there are still calls for traffic cameras in this area. It’s the least that can be done.

"It’s just very unfortunate that we have a tragedy of a young man from such a decent family, he was in the prime of his life."

Gardai confirmed the drivers of the cars involved were uninjured.

The road was closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

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