SIPTU members at the Lisheen Mine, Co. Tipperary, have expressed their sympathy to the family of miner Mario Francis who was tragically killed by a rock fall yesterday Thursday (4th April) afternoon. SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “Mario’s death has left his work colleagues in shock and underlines the dangerous nature of work underground. On behalf of SIPTU members in the Mining Sector and the wider trade union movement I would like to express sympathy to Mario’s wife and children. “Mario and his family came from the Philippines tomake a new life in Ireland. In these tragic circumstances Mario’s family will be offered all the support possible by his SIPTU colleagues and the wider trade union community.” Mario Francis worked at Lisheen mine for over twelve years.