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Veteran SDLP politician `stable' in hospital after car struck by lorry in Co Fermanagh

Tommy Gallagher SDLP at the Fermanagh South and West Tyrone count in Omagh Leisure Centre. Picture by Declan Roughan

VETERAN nationalist politician Tommy Gallagher is being treated in hospital after being involved in a car accident with a lorry in Co Fermanagh.

The SDLP stalwart was in a "stable" condition in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital following the collision which happened near Kells on Monday.

The 75-year-old former Fermanagh/South Tyrone assembly member had to be airlifted to hospital where he is receiving treatment for a punctured lung.

Party leader Colum Eastwood said that the thoughts of all fellow members are with Mr Gallagher.

"We were all shocked to hear Tommy was involved in such a serious crash yesterday," he said.

"My understanding is that he has sustained some serious injuries as a result and is currently in hospital following treatment.

"Tommy represents the heart and soul of the SDLP, he's known to members across the north and continues to play an important role in the party.

"The thoughts of all our members are with him and Eileen and we wish them a speedy recovery."

Ulster Unionist assembly member Rosemary Barton said she wished Tommy Gallagher, his wife Eileen and all involved in the accident well.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy, Eileen and the family at this time. I wish those injured a speedy recovery back to full health."

The Co Donegal born politician, who moved to Fermanagh to teach at a Belleek school, lost his seat in the assembly in 2011.

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