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Sunday 19 January 2020

Luas crash cyclist Cormac (19) 'will be missed', says President

Cormac O Braonain was struck at Peter’s Place near
Charlemont Bridge
Cormac O Braonain was struck at Peter’s Place near Charlemont Bridge

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the chairperson of Labour Youth who died after being struck by a Luas.

Cormac O Braonain (19) was cycling along Peter's Place when he was fatally injured following the collision at Charlemont Bridge at around 3am yesterday.

Messages have poured in in tribute to the popular young man, who had only recently been elected chairperson of Labour Youth.

The President said that his "energy, idealism, generosity, creativity and commitment to social justice and his vision of a kinder, more just society were exemplary".

"He will be dearly missed by all who knew him," Mr Higgins added.

Privileged

"Sabina and I express our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to all those who were privileged to know him."

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin also paid tribute to Mr O Braonain and said that in his short time he had left a strong legacy.

"Cormac, who was only 19, had recently taken over as chairperson of Labour Youth and he had taken up the position with energy, enthusiasm and passion," he said.

"At the same time he had also been appointed to our national executive.

"During his time in the party he had already made a huge impression, working tirelessly to advocate for the politics of our movement.

The incident happened at Peter's Place near Charlemont Bridge
The incident happened at Peter's Place near Charlemont Bridge

"As director of elections for councillor Mary Freehill in the local elections, he oversaw her re-election to Dublin City Council with an increased mandate.

"Within Labour Youth he was a positive force for good," Mr Howlin added.

He also expressed his sympathies to Cormac's parents, Lughaidh and Eva, and their family. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: "So sorry to learn of the tragic passing of Cormac O Braonain, chairperson of Labour Youth and SDLP member. Thinking of his family and friends today."

Green Party councillor Peter Kavanagh posted on Twitter: "Yesterday I was proud to stand with my comrade Cormac O Braonain at the Rally For Peace.

"I was supposed to see him for a pint on Thursday. Gutted that he's gone."

Gardai at Pearse Street are investigating the fatal collision and examinations of the scene have been carried out.

The tragic death of Mr O Braonain came within minutes of another young man being involved in a fatal road traffic incident in Cork.

Emergency services were called to the scene in the Dublin Pike area on the northern outskirts of Cork city.

The accident happened at around 2.45am and a man in his 20s later died.

The young man, who was from Cork, was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short time later. He was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle.

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