A council worker in his late 50s has been killed by a falling tree while out working to clear debris caused by Storm Eunice.

The incident happened in the Ballythomas area, close to the Wexford-Wicklow border, late this morning.

The man has been named locally as Billy Kinsella, a 59-year-old married father-of-one who lived at Ballythomas Hill, not far from the scene of today's incident.

It is understood he was working with a colleague clearing trees when the incident took place.

The incident is being investigated by gardaí who say that the Health and Safety Authority will also be carrying out a full investigation.

Wexford County Council, where he worked, has expressed condolences to his family.

Local councillor Anthony Donohoe, who lives nearby, said the whole area is shocked by what happened.

He said: "This is a very rural community, we're just devastated, numb for the family and the staff of Wexford County Council who have lost their colleague in this terrible incident today."

He said everyone who knew the man is "numb with sadness and shock" because of the death.

Wexford TD and former Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin offered his condolences to the family and colleagues of the man who was killed.

"We are all saddened and shocked to hear the tragic news today that one of our local authority workers was killed while serving his community," Mr Howlin said.

"This terrible news really highlights the real-life risks that essential workers take every day on the behalf of all of us.

"Our thoughts today are with his family, friends and colleagues in Wexford County Council."