Portrush fund-raiser aims to help Perth building site victims

Distraught workmen at the site in Perth where the two Northern Ireland men were killed
Distraught workmen at the site in Perth where the two Northern Ireland men were killed

An Australian charity assisting the family of the young man from Coleraine killed in a Perth building site accident is to benefit from a fund-raising event in Portrush next month.

Gerard Bradley was killed along with Joseph McDermott from Omagh on Wednesday when a large concrete panel reportedly fell on them while it was being moved at the site of a new apartment complex.

The bodies of two men, who were both in their 20s, are expected to be flown back to Northern Ireland once clearance has been given by the authorities in Western Australia.

The Claddagh Association in Perth is a voluntary body that provides practical and financial assistance to Irish exiles in times of need.

It is understood the association is working with the The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust to make the return of the two men to their families as stress-free as possible.

To assist with the cost of repatriation, friends of Mr Bradley have organised an entertainment night in the Harbour Gin Bar, Portrush on Wednesday, December 9 from 7pm.

The £10 entry fee includes food, live music, a raffle and “sharing our fondest memories from one of the best,” the organisers have said.

Builders at the JAXON construction company site observed a minute’s silence on Thursday.

The entire workforce, made up of more than 100 workers, joined the tribute and a number of floral tributes were placed in their memory by employees.

The site was closed temporarily while the coroner in Perth began an investigation into the tragedy.