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Man dies in Labasheeda following farming accident

THE estuary village of Labasheeda was hit by tragedy on Tuesday night, when a local man, Michael McGrath, died following a farming accident. Mr McGrath, who is in his early 50s, was loading slurry on his farm in the townland of Ballina, when the accident happened between 7.15pm and 7.30pm. Ambulances, the fire service and Kilrush gardaí attended the scene, where the man was pronounced dead. He was well-known in the area and lived in Labasheeda with his partner and their four year-old daughter. The tractor involved in the accident has been removed for inspection and separate enquiries are being carried out by the gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority. This fatality brings to 14 the number of confirmed deaths on Irish farms in 2017. Last week, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed appealed to farmers to prioritise farm safety during this busy period. Peter O’Connell  

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