TRIBUTES continue to be paid to the late Jim Carroll, an employee of Limerick City and County Council, who died suddenly in Newcastle West on Tuesday morning.
“The community in Newcastle West is shocked,” Cllr Jerome Scanlan, chairman of the Newcastle West Municipal District said.
A meeting of the municipal district, due to take place on Wednesday morning, was cancelled as a mark of respect to the late Mr Carroll.
Cllr Scanlan sympathised with Mr Carroll’s family, particularly his two sons, Seamus and Padraig but also offered his condolences to Mr Carroll’s work colleagues in the council.
“It is very hard on all the staff to see a colleague die,” he said.
Cllr Michael Collins also expressed his condolences and said of Mr Carroll, who operated the council’s suction sweeper: “He was a very quiet man, and highly respected by his neighbours.”
Mr Carroll was found dead in the council’s machinery yard early on Tuesday morning. It is thought Mr Carroll went into work early and was later found by a colleague.
His sudden death sparked a garda investigation which is ongoing. A garda forensics team went to the site but no foul play is suspected. However, the gardai are obliged in law to investigate all sudden or accidental deaths.
Because Mr Carroll was found dead at his workplace, the Health and Safety Authority is also obliged to conduct an investigation.
Mr Carroll’s remains were taken to University Hospital Limerick on Tuesday where a post-mortem was conducted to determine the cause of death.
At the time of going to press, no results from the post-mortem were available and no cause of death announced.
A council spokeswoman extended sympathy to Mr Carroll’s family and friends and to his work colleagues.
At the time of going to press, no details of the funeral arrangements were available. Mr Carroll lived until recently in Templeglantine but moved to Newcastle West some time last year.