Son of former MEP Mark Killilea dies in single-vehicle accident

A SON of former minister and MEP Mark Killilea has been killed in a single-vehicle car accident in Co Galway.

Mark Killilea’s death brought to four the number killed on the country’s roads over the bank holiday weekend.

The 29-year-old was the only person in the car which veered off the road and struck fencing at Lissyconnor on the Dunmore to Glenamaddy Road.

A passing motorist raised the alarm at about 6.20am, although it was not clear when the accident happened.

Mr Killilea was rushed by emergency services to Roscommon Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Gardaí sealed off the road for a technical examination by forensic collision investigators.

They have appealed for any witnesses to the accident, which occurred about 4km from Dunmore.

Mr Killilea was a carpenter and was single. He is one of four sons and four daughters to the former Fianna Fáil Dáil deputy Mark Killilea and his wife Anne.

Mr Killilea retired from politics in 1999 having served for more than 30 years as councillor, senator and Dáil deputy for East Galway. He was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in 1979.

Mark Killilea’s death brought to four the number killed on the country’s roads over the bank holiday weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two young Donegal GAA players, Gary McLoughlin, 21, and Darren Downey, 19, were killed in a single-vehicle accident at Newtowncunningham on the main Letterkenny to Derry Road.

On Saturday, a Tallaght man Dustin O’Reilly, 27, died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision at De Selby estate in Tallaght around 3am.

Meanwhile, European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has expressed his sympathies to the family of a Kerry student who died after falling from a balcony in Brussels over the weekend.

Marguerite O’Connor, a commercial law student, had been in Brussels on a work placement with Mr McCreevy’s office.

Last night Mr McCreevy said: “She was a lovely, warm-hearted, gregarious person who was enormously popular.

“I can only hope that the happiness and joy she brought to all those who knew her will be of help to her parents David and Mary as they try to come to terms with this terrible loss.”

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