A Newry based funeral directors took to social media to express their disappointment and devastation following a video containing allegedly one of their staff members going viral. The video shows a man allegedly driving whilst using a mobile phone with a coffin in the rear of the vehicle.
A spokesperson for the PSNI said:
“Police have spoken with a 54 year old man in relation to this matter and a file will be forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service in due course.”
Following this a spokesperson for the Newry based business took to social media stating:
“As a business and family, we are appalled and devastated by the behaviour conducted in the video content shared across social media in recent days.
It is absolutely no reflection of the values or professional ethics of Heaney Keenan Funeral Directors.
As Director of the company since 2018, I have worked to continue to build on the relationships with families and the communities across Newry, Banbridge, and neighbouring areas.
I wish to protect the remaining members and loyal staff, who have gone above and beyond to uphold the legacy created by my Grandfather Patsy Heaney and my Great Uncle Brendan Heaney.
I can confirm that the employee in question is no longer employed by us.
As always, I appreciate the support from local community and will be making no further comment on the matter.
Yours respectfully, Patricia Heaney”
The video is currently with the PSNI and under investigation by the PPS.
CLARIFICATION: The individual in the passenger seat, who has been implicated by association, was not a contracted employee but a casual worker that would’ve been called upon when required. The content was shot on his first day out and I in no way hold him responsible for the actions of the driver and I want to wish him all the best.