Co Derry woman killed by cattle on family farm

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A woman in her 70s has died following an incident on a farm in Garvagh, Co Londonderry, last night (Wednesday).

The pensioner has been named in local reports as Briege McKeefry.

It is understood she had been working with livestock at the time.

DUP East Londonderry MLA Adrian McQuillan, who expressed his sympathies after the farm tragedy, last night said: “This news is very shocking to the entire close-knit community of Garvagh and the surrounding areas.

“The family were well-known in the farming community and I understand the woman in her 70s was killed by cattle on the family farm, this evening.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this deeply distressing time.”

Mr McQuillan added: “The HSENI will be carrying out investigations. This evening’s incident serves as a reminder that there are many dangers that surround us on our farms.

“It is important that those working on farms take caution and follow all safety procedure.” SDLP Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Roisin Loftus also expressed her deepest sympathies following the tragic death. Ms Loftus said that the victim was well known in the local area and had been a hard working farmer all her life.

“People in Garvagh are just in shock this morning. To lose a friend and well known member of the community in these circumstances is an absolute tragedy,” she said.

“The victim was a hard working farmer all her life. It just demonstrates again the dangers that farm workers face, particularly at this time of year.

“I would encourage all farm workers to exercise extra caution, the last thing this community needs is another tragedy.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the lady’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

In a statement the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) said it is investigating the incident which happened in Garvagh on Wednesday night.

A spokesperson for the HSENI said: “Our deepest sympathy is with the bereaved family at this sad time.

“Given the recent tragic deaths on Northern Ireland farms, HSENI is strongly appealing to the farming community to always prioritise safety and think SAFE before starting any job on the farm.”