Elliott expresses condolences after Fermanagh farm death

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Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, Tom Elliott, has expressed his sadness after he learnt of the death of Fermanagh farmer Robbie Brown at the weekend.

It is thought the 71-year-old may have been hurt by has animals on Saturday evening, and was subsequently found dead on Sunday.

Mr Elliott said: “Just like the wider community I was deeply saddened and shocked when I learnt of the passing of Robbie Brown. Robbie was a character who everyone liked and had no enemies. He was well known throughout farming circles especially around the Ballinamallard area, and I particularly knew him well.

“At this stage we don’t know for sure the circumstances, but of course farms hold many dangers. Farming can be an isolated business, and every precaution must be taken when carrying out any duties.”

Mr Elliott continued: “Unfortunately, we hear of many cases of farm accidents every year. Whilst a crucial industry in Northern Ireland, farming has inherent dangers which even the most experienced farmer must be aware of.

“Robbie’s passing is a sad occasion for the farming community around Ballinamallard, Fermanagh and indeed throughout Northern Ireland. We are first and foremost mindful of his family at this time and offer them our condolences and prayers.”