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Tragic death Heartbreaking tributes paid to Matthew Grimes (19) who died while working at Dublin Port

His death notice on RIP.ie states that Matthew, from Clontarf, died on May 15 following a tragic accident

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Matthew Grimes

Matthew Grimes

Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to a young man who died in a work place accident at Dublin Port over the weekend. 

Matthew Grimes, 19, died tragically while working at Dublin Port on Saturday, May 15.

A death notice on RIP.ie states that Matthew, from Clontarf, died on May 15 following a tragic accident.

It reads: "Adored son of Rachel and Ciaran, best buddy to Gaz (Rachel's partner), big brother to Sophia, grandson to Linda, Anthony, Rita and Michael, nephew to Adele, Laura, Michael and Richard, and big cousin to Katie, Daniel, Ava and Giovanna” will be deeply missed by all of his family, relatives and friends.

One message of condolence said: “Rachel, there are no words. Just know that I am thinking of you, Laura and all your family.”

“Our sincere condolences to Matthews Family and friends at this sad time,” Clontarf Bus Depot added.

Another person expressed their “deepest sympathy to Ciaran and all of Matthew’s family and friends. Always a lovely mannered young man when we met up at the Dubs games. Thoughts and prayers to you and all his family.”

In another poignant tribute, a mourner wrote: “To all of Matthew's family especially his mother Rachel, like many other strangers my heart breaks for you with such a tragic loss.

“No words can comfort at a time like this but please know that the thoughts and prayers of not just those you know are with you and sending strength to carry you. Matthew, even just from your picture you look like a kind soul, may you rest gently in the loving arms of God and be ready to greet your family when the time comes with the open arms they always had for you.”

Gardai said yesterday that investigations are ongoing into the tragedy.

They said officers at Store Street were alerted to a “sudden death at a shipping premises at Dublin Port” at approximately 3.30pm.

“The man, 19 years, was fatally injured at a workplace accident. Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene,” gardai said. “The body of deceased was removed to Dublin city morgue where a post mortem will take place.

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An examination of the scene has been carried out by gardaí and enquiries are ongoing.”

They added: “The Health and Safety Authority and the local Coroner have been notified.”

In a statement, SIPTU said members had expressed their deepest condolences to the family of Matthew who died while working at Dublin Port on Saturday, May 15.

SIPTU Transport Division Organiser, Karan O Loughlin said: “Our members wish to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Mr Grimes. Unfortunately, a tragic death like this is not an uncommon occurrence. Five workers have died, and others have been seriously injured, in various ports around Ireland, including in Dublin Port, since 2018.

“While the circumstances of this tragedy have yet to be investigated, it highlights once more the potential dangers facing workers in the ports. It is now essential that the Government introduces stronger and mandatory safe working standards for all workers in our ports and docks.”

Ms O Loughlin added: “Our thoughts are with the family of this young man who so tragically lost his life in his workplace.”

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