Body of Tipp Miner Recovered

The body of a worker killed in a mining accident in Co Tipperary on Thursday has been recovered.

Mario Francis was killed at Lisheen mine in Thurles on Thursday evening, when a rockfall in  shaft caused him to become trapped below ground.

Emergency services have been trying to retrieve his body since then and at 11.30 last night they succeeded.

Mr Francis and his family came to Ireland from the Philippines a number of years ago and had been living in Urlingford, Kilkenny. He had worked at the mine for over 12 years.

While the cause of the collapse is not yet known, it is expected that three separate investigations into the incident will be launched in the coming days.

SIPTU members at the Lisheen Mine have expressed their sympathy to the family of Mario Francis, saying his death has left his work colleagues in shock.B