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Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
Councillor killed by bull on farm
Michael McAnespie
Michael McAnespie was a Sinn Fein councillor in Omagh
A Sinn Fein councillor has been killed by a bull on a farm in County Tyrone.

Michael McAnespie died during the incident earlier on Monday. The bull was shot dead by police.

The accident happened on a farm in Lough McCrory, near Omagh. Mr McAnespie was elected to the mid-Tyrone area for Sinn Fein in 1997.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams expressed his "deep shock and sadness" at the death. Mr McAnespie, 63, was married with nine children.

"Michael was an extremely hard working councillor who ably and conscientiously represented the people of Omagh," said Mr Adams.

"His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him, but especially by his family and friends."

The incident happened on the farm, which is close to Sixmilecross, at about 1420 BST.

"The circumstances are being investigated by the relevant authorities," said a PSNI spokesman.

'Very high esteem'

Peter Kelly, also a councillor in Omagh, said he was "numb with shock".

"He was my best friend on the council, he was a complete gentleman, he helped me out a lot when I went on to the council, he kept me on the straight and narrow," he said.

"He was very outgoing, very talkative. He was concerned about planning issues, about farming."

A spokeswoman for Omagh District Council said staff's thoughts were with the McAnespie family.

"Everybody was fond of him; he was a great man of integrity and dignity," she said.

"He was held in very high esteem here and was involved in the fight for an improved ambulance service in this area."




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