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Friday 20 September 2019

Two investigations into death of tragic schoolboy Devin (7)

A shrine of soft toys and a picture of Devin near the scene of the tragic incident
A shrine of soft toys and a picture of Devin near the scene of the tragic incident

Two investigations are under way following the death of a seven-year-old schoolboy in an accident involving a Dublin City Council road sweeper on Sunday afternoon.

The small council vehicle struck Devin Crosby Shepherd on St Joseph's Way in Ballymun at around 4pm.

Devin had been at his father's home at the time.

He was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital in a serious condition following the incident but later died.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The communities of Ballymun and Sheepmore in Blanchardstown, where Devin lived with his mother, were left devastated by the death.

His heartbroken family is now asking mourners to wear bright colours to his funeral.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised but a death notice for the seven-year-old reads: "Devin, beloved son of Geraldine and Andy and dear brother of Yasmin, John Patrick and Jamie.

"Sadly missed by his loving mother, father, Geraldine's partner Gareth and children Cillian and Hannah, sister, brothers, grandfathers Michael and Patrick, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

"A request from the family is that everyone attending the funeral wear bright colours."

Meanwhile, Ballymun Kickhams GAA appealed to Dublin supporters to keep Devin's family in their prayers.

"As much as this game consumed us, spare a thought for the family of a young boy who died in Ballymun in a tragic incident," the club tweeted.

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"Times like this make us all realise how lucky we are, and in the greater scheme of things, it's still only a game of football. Rest in peace little man."

A garda spokesperson said the incident was being described as a "workplace accident".

The Health and Safety Authority and An Garda Siochana are carrying out separate investigations into the circumstances leading up to the incident

In a statement, Dublin City Council said it "wishes to extend its heartfelt sympathies to the family of the young child who passed away on Sunday evening following a tragic accident involving a council vehicle".

"As this accident is currently being investigated by An Garda Siochana and the Health and Safety Authority, we are unable to make any further comment at this time," the council added.

A shrine of flowers and soft toys, and a photograph of Devin in his Blakestown school uniform, has been placed on a telegraph pole close to where the incident happened.

Ballymun Independent councillor Noeleen Reilly told the Herald that her community is in a state of shock following the death of the boy.

"The loss of anyone is tragic, but to hear that a child has died is just heartbreaking," she said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time and I would appeal to anyone that witnessed this accident to contact the gardai."

Investigating gardai have appealed for anyone with information to contact them at Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line 18000 666 111 or any garda station.

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