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Floral tributes for Translink worker who died in ticket booth

Tributes to Martin O'Neill were left at the Translink booth in Belfast city centre.

Tributes to Martin O'Neill were left at the Translink booth in Belfast city centre.

Floral bouquets have been left at the spot where a well-liked and long-serving Translink employee died.

He passed away last Wednesday morning, after being taken ill not long after 8am at the ticket booth where he had worked for the last several years.

He had not been officially identified by police or Translink, but the News Letter was told the tragic staff member was Martin O’Neill, and that he had been employed by the organisation for the last 32 years.

Believed to be around 60, he was said to have been mulling over his potential retirement before his death.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In honour of him, well-wishers left a string of flowers at the booth, standing near the north-western corner of Belfast City Hall.

His Translink boss Roy Sloan described his death as a “tragic loss”, and his union representative, Michael Dornan from Unite, said he was “just one friendly character”.

He said that Mr O’Neill was not just approached for tickets, but for directions and all manner of advice from passers-by, and had become something of a fixture of the city centre.

 

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