TRAGEDY: Employer describes one of the two women killed in yesterday's fatal road accident

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TRAGEDY: Employer describes one of the two women killed in yesterday's fatal road accident

The Hunterstown Inn where the accident occurred.

The chairman of Moorehall Lodge nursing home has paid tribute to "much loved" member of staff Kathy McDonald, who was one of two women to die tragically in a road accident outside Ardee yesterday. 

Kathy McDonald (70) and her cousin Josie Duff (79) were killed when they were hit by a vehicle at approximately 6.30pm on Tuesday evening at Hunterstown. 

Moorehall Lodge Chairman and founder Michael McCoy described Kathy in glowing terms. 

"Kathy McDonald was a valued and much-loved member of the team at Moorehall Lodge Ardee for over a decade, starting with us on the week we opened our doors in 1998.

"Kathy was a very diligent, caring and supportive person who was hugely popular with all of the residents and staff at Moorehall Lodge.

"She had a big heart and always put the needs of residents before her own.

"Our deepest sympathies to her family."

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams gave his condolences following the tragedy. 

"I want to offer my sincere sympathies to the families and friends of both victims at this terrible time.

"I also wish to commend the emergency personnel who attended the scene this evening and who work so diligently every day on behalf of our communities."