Community left shocked after dad crushed to death in factory
Two investigations are underway today after a father-of-two died from "crush injuries" while working in a factory.
Engineer John O'Sullivan (42) died after suffering fatal crush injuries in the Green Isle Foods factory in Naas, Co Kildare.
The tragedy is believed to have happened after Mr O'Sullivan became caught in machinery.
Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority are carrying out separate investigations into the incident, which is believed to have occurred at around 6.30pm on Thursday.
Mr O'Sullivan (42), who lived in Westfield Drive in Kilkenny city, had been working in the factory for a little over a year before the accident.
He is survived by his wife Maureen and two children, Adam and Martha.
He also leaves behind his parents Billy and Bee, and his three brothers and three sisters.
Green Party councillor for Kilkenny City called Mr O'Sullivan's death "terribly, terribly tragic" and sent his condolences to the father's family and friends.
Independent Naas councillor Seamie Moore expressed his sympathy to the family, calling the death "tragic, with all that's been going on in Donegal and Brussels as well".
"For something like this to happen in Naas, the family didn't need that ahead of the Easter weekend," he added.
In a statement, Green Isle Foods expressed their sympathy to Mr O'Sullivan's family.
"Green Isle Foods confirms with deep regret that there has been a fatal accident at its manufacturing facility," it said.
"Management and staff at Green Isle Foods wish to express their deepest sympathies to the family and offer their full support at this very difficult time.
"Green Isle Foods is co-operating fully with the relevant authorities as they conduct their investigations."
The factory on Monread Road, Naas, which normally operates around the clock, has been closed until further notice.
Father Roderick Whearty is the local parish priest in Kilkenny City, and said the local community and neighbours were "in shock" at Mr O'Sullivan's loss.
"This is a particularly tragic incident because of the suddenness, the situation and the consequences of what happened," he told the Herald.
But he added that local people "are very good at supporting each other".
"I know the neighbours will rally around [the family] and the community will offer their help," he said. "We'll do what we can to support the family."