Durkan expresses shock at tragic death of colleague

Brendan O'Connor. (2104SL12)

Brendan O'Connor. (2104SL12)

Londonderry SDLP MP Mark Durkan has expressed deep sadness at the death of party colleague Brendan O’Connor, who was knocked down and killed in the city on Sunday evening.

Mr O’Connor was a former Chair of the SDLP’s District Executive in the city, and produced most of the campaign material for John Hume in both Westminster and European elections.

Mr Durkan said: “Brendan O’Connor was the complete gentleman, committed to his own politics but always respectful of others.

“He liked to think and talk about issues and had an eye for ideas.

“He was a natural canvasser who enjoyed engaging with people and giving particular encouragement to candidates.

“As a design professional, he produced most of the campaign material for John Hume in both Westminster and European elections.

“Indeed, he was particularly enthusiastic about the European project and would have been passionate in the forthcoming referendum.

“Brendan was a natural storyteller and a thoughtful companion as well as a loyal activist who would be straight with his thoughts.

“His tragic death is shocking for all who knew him from his various professional, cultural, political and social pursuits.

“It is a tragic loss for his loving family to whom he was devoted.

“I hope that the sincere condolences of Brendan’s wide circle of friends will bring some comfort to his children, grandchildren, siblings and his partner Mo.”