Efforts are continuing to retrieve the body of a miner who was killed when the roof of a tunnel in which he was working collapsed.

Mario Francis died in an incident at Lisheen Mine, near Thurles, in Co Tipperary.

The company operating the mine said Mr Francis, the driver of a loader, was found trapped in his vehicle underneath a rockfall yesterday afternoon.

Mr Francis, a Filipino national aged in his late 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

He was married with two children.

Lisheen Mine, which employs about 370 people and is part of the Vedanta Resources Group, said the rockfall was a localised incident.

The lead and zinc mine is located between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy in north Tipperary.

The mine, which normally operates on a 24-hour, seven-day week basis, will be closed until further notice.

The Health and Safety Authority and the company are carrying out investigations.

Management and staff have extended their sympathy to the man's family and colleagues.