A Sinn Féin Councillor in Co Tyrone has died in a farm accident near his home.

Michael McAnespie, who was married and aged 63, was attacked by a bull on land at Loughmacrory near Omagh.

Councillor McAnespie chaired Omagh District Council last year where he was a passionate spokesman on agricultural issues.

He led the local authority's challenge to the planning restrictions on development in the countryside and the Council's battle against relocating services away from the County Hospital in Omagh.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams expressed his 'deep shock and sadness' at the tragic death of Mr McAnespie.

He paid tribute to an 'extremely hard working councillor who ably and conscientiously represented the people of Omagh'

Mr Adams said his loss 'will be deeply felt by all who knew him but especially by his family and friends'.