Councillors express sympathy following Ballycastle tragedies

MOYLE District councillors have spoken of the shock in the community following two tragedies in Ballycastle.

One incident was the killing of Kevin O’Neill, for which a man has been charged with murder, and the other was the sudden death of David Carleton following a fire in Ballycastle.

Council Chairperson, Cllr Sandra Hunter (Ulster Unionist), said two people had been taken before their time.

She said there was shock across the community and she wished to pass on her sympathy to the grieving families.

A number of other councillors also commented on behalf of either themselves or their party groupings in the Council.

Cllr Joan Baird (Ulster Unionist) said they were personal tragedies for the families but deaths which also touched the whole of Moyle.

Cllr Cara McShane (Sinn Fein) expressed her sympathy to both families and said Mr O’Neill’s passing had particular resonance with councillors as his father is a Moyle Council employee.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane added his condolences and said he knew Kevin O’Neill very well, having working with him for a time.

Cllr Donal Cunningham (SDLP) said he knew both of the deceased men and also passed on his sympathy.

Cllr Robert McIlroy (DUP) also expressed sympathy and said it was a “trying time for all concerned”.

Cllr Seamus Blaney (Independent) also passed on his sympathy and Independent councillor Randal McDonnell said it was very sad that such tragic deaths should occur, particularly as both deceased were young.

Traditional Unionist Voice representative, Cllr Sharon McKillop, was not present at the meeting.