Call for probe after Irish businesswoman falls to death from hospital

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Anita Rooney and her husband Mickey
Anita Rooney and her husband Mickey

There has been a call for a probe into the sudden death of a Tyrone businesswoman who fell to her death from the fourth floor of Craigavon Hospital on Wednesday.

50-year-old mother and wife Anita Rooney, from Dungannon, specialised in the recruitment sector.

It is understood the police are treating her death as suicide.

However, a DUP MLA for the area has called for a detailed probe into her death 

DUP MLA for Upper Bann, David Simpson, said: "Firstly I want to expresses my deepest condolences to the family as they come to terms with what happened yesterday at Craigavon Area Hospital.

"This is devastating news which has certainly rocked the hospital community, including staff and patients.

"I do not have the full details, but I am due to meet with the interim chief executive in the coming days, at which time I will be expressing the need for a detailed inquiry."  

Craigavon Hospital 

Ms Rooney's sister, actress Geraldine McAlinden,said that the family are heartbroken and are trying to come to term with Anita's sudden death.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Michelle Gildernew said that it was "such an awful tragedy for Anita's family and friends. She was hugely respected in Dungannon and across Tyrone. May she rest in peace."

SDLP councillor Dungannon, Denise Mullen, said: "I recall when my Aunt Annie died, Anita was one of her many neighbours that springs to mind. She was there with a helping hand to sort things out and for that I was always truly grateful to her.

“Her husband is a true gentleman and I offer my deepest condolences to him and their children at this awful time.”