Tributes pour in for plane crash victims

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COOKSTOWN Council chairman John McNamee led tributes to the victims of the Cork air tragedy offering sympathy and condolences to all those involved and their families.

“Indeed, it was with great shock and sadness that we learned that one of the individuals who lost his life, was Mr Brendan McAleese (left), who had strong business connections with Cookstown,” said Councillor McNamee.

“We are all feeling a deep sense of shock and sadness at this time and on behalf of everyone in Cookstown District, I offer our sincere sympathy to all concerned at this time,” he said.

DUP Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea also expressed his deepest sympathy to the family of Cookstown businessman, Brendan McAleese.

Mr McCrea said: “It was with profound regret that I heard of the death of Brendan McAleese, owner of Central Laundries business in Cookstown, following the tragic plane crash at Cork Airport.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss; his tragic and untimely death has caused great sorrow within our community.

“I would also like to express my sincere sympathy to the families of the other victims of this terrible accident and I also extend my best wishes for a rapid and full recovery of the six survivors.”

SDLP Deputy Leader and Mid-Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone said: “A tragedy of this magnitude reaches out to touch many people in many parts of the country and our feelings and prayers are with them all. Even the fact that Brendan McAleese worked in this area brings the full horror home to us. Our thoughts are also with those who have been injured. We wish them a full and fast recovery.”