26/11/2015

Two NI Men Who Died On A Construction Site In Australia Named

Two men from Northern Ireland who died on a construction site in Australia have been named as Joe McDermott and Gerard Bradley.

Mr Bradley from Portstewart and Mr McDermott from Omagh were crushed by a concrete slab in Perth on Wednesday morning.

The men were both in their 20s.

Mr Bradley was a member of the Eoghan Rua GAA club. In a statement the club said: "On behalf of the entire Eoghan Rua CLG community, we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Bradley family - Gerard, Pat and John Paul, Gregory and Aoife - on the sudden and tragic loss of their son and brother Gerry.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."
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Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said: "The death of two young men in a construction accident in Perth, Australia, will no doubt have shocked people in the Omagh and Portstewart areas where they come from.  

"I spoke to the McDermott family in Omagh today and they are obviously distraught at this tragic news. Their focus now is to have the remains of their loved one brought home as soon as possible and I will be doing all I can to assist them. 

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of both young men at this difficult time. 

"I have no doubt the local communities involved will rally round to support both families following this tragic news."

(CD/LM)

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