Sunday 4 December 2016

Tricolour will fly at half-mast for funerals

Published 12/10/2015 | 02:30

The tricolour will fly at half-mast on all State buildings during the funerals of the Carrickmines fire victims
The tricolour will fly at half-mast on all State buildings during the funerals of the Carrickmines fire victims

The tricolour will fly at half-mast on all State buildings during the funerals of the Carrickmines fire victims.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who visited the scene of the tragedy yesterday, led tributes to the 10 people who perished in the blaze.

"It's an unspeakable tragedy," Mr Kenny said.

"I join with all others in sharing the expressions of sympathy with the families that have lost loved ones in their lives. It's a horrific tragedy.

"I have asked that the State would reflect its sympathy and respect in regard to this by having the flags fly at half-mast on the days of the funeral in much the same way, but in different circumstances, as the people who lost their lives in Berkeley, California.

"Clearly, the technical assessment of what was the cause of this will be fully examined.

"And having spoken to the minister involved and Minister Alex White, who's from the area, and Minister (Alan) Kelly, I believe all thanks and credit are due to the services who performed heroically in very difficult circumstances."

A book of condolence will also open at the Mansion House in Dublin today and tomorrow so members of the public can offer their sympathies to those mourning the loss of loved ones.

Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh also expressed her sympathies for the families of those who died.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic events yesterday and I would like to extend my sympathies to the families involved and the wider Traveller community," she said.

Several local politicians visited the scene of the tragic blaze over the weekend.

And on Saturday, President Michael D Higgins said he was shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths.

Meanwhile, St Vincent de Paul will meet representatives from a southside Traveller group to help organise a donation drive to support the victims of the blaze.

Irish Independent

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