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Richard tells of kids' heartache at Lynda's death

THE husband of a Dublin mum mother killed by a falling tree has pleaded with people to check old trees on their properties.

Richard Collins was speaking just four weeks after mother-of-three Lynda was hit by the falling branch as she walked to her Blackrock home in high winds.

All trees on the private property have since been cut down.

But Mr Collins fears other trees that overhang public pavements and walkways could still be a similar risk in the future.

"People should have old or big trees inspected regularly and take action if they become dangerous so that nobody else gets hurt or killed," he told the Herald.

"I wish the trees on Waterloo Road had been dealt with long ago. It shouldn't have been done only after a mother died," he added.





Crushed

Passers-by tried to help Lynda as she lay crushed under the huge bough that fell from the tree after she had finished work at the ESB headquarters on Thursday, February 3.

But the weight proved too much and Lynda died from her injuries.

Lynda was due to celebrate her 46th birthday the day after she was killed. She was a devoted mother to Georgia (14), Robert (13) and Juliana (7).

Richard told the Herald their children were not saying a lot about the accident at the moment, but he hopes in time they will feel able to talk openly.

"We are just getting on with trying to rebuild our lives to be honest. The first two weeks were very busy because we had to organise Lynda's funeral, and there were so many people offering us support, but it is harder now because you come back to a quiet house that has changed so much," he said.

A Dublin city councillor has since claimed the tragedy might not have happened if a council request had been acted on by the Government.

Labour's Mary Freehill told the Herald she had proposed bylaws be enacted to control very high and dangerous trees on private property -- but nothing happened.

Dublin City Council said it always acts promptly when notified by members of the public of trees in a dangerous condition, or when its parks department identifies such hazards.

cfeehan@herald.ie