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'absolutely awful' Man killed in tragic building collapse in Tralee was 'well-known and respected'

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Emergency services at the scene in Tralee (Radio Kerry/PA)

Emergency services at the scene in Tralee (Radio Kerry/PA)

Emergency services at the scene in Tralee (Radio Kerry/PA)

The man killed in this morning's tragic building collapse in Tralee has been described as a dedicated hard worker who was a well-known contractor from the area.

The man, in his 60s, was killed when the chimney section of the building fell on top of him as he was working on Ashe Street alongside several others.

Five other people were injured in the incident that occurred shortly after 8am.

However, they were not seriously injured.

The street was closed and the building sealed off while gardaí and the emergency services attended the scene.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority have also begun an investigation.

The Mayor of Tralee, Terry O'Brien, it was a dreadful for something like this to happen but in particular with the run up to Christmas, it was especially difficult.

“It is terrible, absolutely awful,” he said.

“The individual would be very well known and very well respected in the town.”

It’s understood that the victim, who had worked in the area for many years was contracted to convert the building into a pharmacy and had been on the site for several weeks.

Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Pa Daly also expressed his sympathies following the tragic death.

"The death of this man following the partial collapse of a building he was working on has caused great shock and sadness in the local community,” he said.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and co-workers at this extraordinarily sad and difficult time.

"Five co-workers were injured in the same incident, and I want to wish them a full and speedy recovery.

"This incident is being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority."

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