Junior Ministers Gary Middleton and Declan Kearney have expressed their sadness at the death of Christopher Stalford MLA.
Gary Middleton said: “I was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of my friend and colleague, Christopher Stalford. Christopher was a dedicated public representative who worked tirelessly to better the lives of others. But first and foremost, he was a family man who was immensely proud of his wonderful children.
“It is difficult to come to terms with the loss of a young man who had so much to offer our community. And today our community shares in grief at his passing. We are all the poorer for his loss.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to Christopher’s wife, Laura, his young children, the Stalford family circle and his many friends.”
Declan Kearney said: “I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Christopher Stalford’s sudden death.
“This heart breaking news has touched everyone who worked alongside Christopher from across the political spectrum. He made a significant contribution to our regional Assembly as Principal Deputy Speaker, and as a member of the TEO scrutiny committee. Today we all stand together in sympathy with everyone who knew and loved him.
“My thoughts are with Christopher’s family, especially his wife and young children. I extend my sincere condolences to them, and all his friends and DUP colleagues. Go raibh suaimhneas síoraí ar a anam.”