MLAs express sympathy on the death of 8-year-old Robert Christie.


Jim Allister of the TUV led the Assembly in expressing sympathy to the family of of eight-year-old Robert Christie who died in a farm accident in County Antrim, on 9 June.

Robert was overcome by slurry gases at a farm near Dunloy on Saturday 7 June. His father, Bertie, remained critically ill in hospital.

Mr Allister said people's hearts went out to Robert's mother, two sisters and to his father "as he struggles to overcome what has beset him".

He said that 40 people had lost their lives on Northern Ireland's in the past six years - "a sobering statistic".

Mervyn Storey of the DUP said he had worked with Robert's mother, Simone, in a baking company prior to becoming an MLA.

"Her heart is breaking," he said.

Daithi McKay of Sinn Fein said Robert's death had sent shockwaves through the north Antrim area.

"Many people do not realise how dangerous slurry tanks can be," he said.

Joe Byrne of the SDLP said the prayers and sympathy of his party were with the Christie family and the Dunloy community.

Ulster Unionist Robin Swann said no family should have to go through this pain.

Mr Swann expressed particular sympathy for Robert'smother and his sisters who would have to face his funeral "without the presence and the guiding hand of their father".

Judith Cochrane of Alliance said her thoughts and prayers were with the family and that there was ""there is no such thing as a safe slurry tank".

John McCallister of NI21 also expressed his party's sympathy to the family.

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