Tributes to council worker dad, 59, killed in Storm Eunice after he’s hit by a tree as four die in 122mph winds

TRIBUTES have been paid to a council worker who was killed during Storm Eunice after he was struck by a tree.

Billy Kinsella, 59, was clearing debris from a road close to his home in Co Wexford, Ireland, when he was tragically killed.

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Storm Eunice led to the deaths of four peopleCredit: Alamy

The father-of-one, an employee of Wexford County Council, had been attending the scene of another fallen tree in Ballythomas when he was fatally injured.

Sinn Fein councillor Fionntan O Suilleabhain, who lives close to Mr Kinsella and grew up with his family, was among those to pay tribute.

He said: “People in the area are devastated. It is such a tragedy for his wife Rita and their only child Conor.

“Billy died in the line of duty while out doing council work and attending the scene of a fallen tree. He died round the corner from where we both live and he died in a manner that makes it most tragic.

“He comes from a well-respected family and a very hard-working family. He was a quiet family man who was devoted to his son, who he brought to sporting events all over.

“Conor plays for the under-20s Wexford team and would be heavily involved in GAA, like Billy’s father was before him.

“People are very shocked.”

Fianna Fail councillor Donal Kenny said: “I knew Billy quite well. He was a nice easy-going fella and was one of those lads who got on with his day’s work.

“He was out doing his job to keep the roads clear.

“It is very difficult for his family.”

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