I was sorry to hear that Michael McAnespie, a Sinn Féin councillor on Omagh District Council, has died after a farming accident involving a bull.
This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with his family, friends and comrades in Tyrone.
I didn't know Michael but according to those who knew him he was a man of great integrity and dignity.
Party President Gerry Adams said "Michael was an extremely hard working councillor who ably and conscientiously represented the people of Omagh,"
"His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him, but especially by his family and friends."
The Chairman of the Council, Sean Begley said that the death of Michael was a devastating tragedy for his family and a huge loss for the district as a whole.
“Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy is extended to his wife and family, and our condolences to his wide circle of friends. He will be greatly missed by his Council colleagues who worked with him for the past ten years”
My prayers go out to all who knew him
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam