One of Ireland’s richest men dies in copter crash

By staff reporter

Northern Ireland peer and industrialist Lord Ballyedmond was killed with three other passengers in a  a helicopter crash in Norfolk, it has been confirmed.

The helicopter came down in a field on Thursday evening near his stately home in Gillingham, near Beccles.

Lord Ballyedmond, one of Northern Ireland’s richest men, and the three other people on board, all confirmed as male, died at the scene. It is also believed another man from County Down was on board.

Though a cause for the crash is not yet known, eye-witnesses said the area was extremely foggy at the time, and said the helicopter came down very soon after it took off, at roughly 7.30pm.

Dr Edward Haughey, who became Lord Ballyedmond of Mourne when he was made a life peer in 2004, was the owner of veterinary pharmaceutical firm Norbrook Laboratories in Newry, County Down. As well as being a member of the House of Lords, he was a former member of the Irish senate.

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