Tunisia terror attack: Family of Irish victim 'hopeful' remains can be brought home today
Mother-of-two Lorna Carty was holidaying with husband Declan when she was killed in attack
Published 30/06/2015 | 02:30
The family of the first Irish victim identified in the Tunisian terror attack is hopeful her remains can be brought home today.
Mother-of-two Lorna Carty was holidaying with her husband, Declan, when she was gunned down in last Friday's terror attack.
The family of Athlone couple Larry (56), and Martina Hayes (55), still do not know when their bodies will be repatriated.
Mr Hayes's brother, Michael, said a range of strict formalities have to be met before they will be released by the Tunisian authorities.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday described the Tunisian terror attack as appalling and maintained the actions of any possible terrorists were constantly monitored here.
"It's appalling and my sympathies and the sympathies of everybody go to the families of the three Irish people who lost their lives there," he said.
"This is an act of terrorism and racism. That people from all over the world would go to a country to enjoy holidays, enjoy the sunshine, and have havoc and tragedy wreaked upon them by fundamentalists, which is just appalling."
Mr Kenny said the Government would do everything to bring consolation, understanding and support to the families.
"But we can never bring them back from the point where they went on their holidays," he added.
Meath Fine Gael TD Ray Butler, a friend of the Carty family, said both Declan and his son Simon - an inter-county footballer who flew to the resort after the tragedy to support his devastated father - have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get several outstanding issues resolved.
"The family are hoping so much Lorna's remains will be back home today - but it's by no means guaranteed," said Mr Butler last night.
"Everything is ready to go. They're just waiting on the Tunisian officials to give the green light. In the meantime, the family are getting on with things the best way they can.
"The identification process of people of all nationalities caught up in the shooting has been slow to date; that gives you an indication as to how things are being done over there.
"The family are very happy with the work of the Irish Government, but in Tunisia it appears things move along at a different pace."
Mrs Carty, from Robinstown in Co Meath, worked as a nurse in a private practice in Navan. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has opened an online book of condolence for members to express their sympathy.
General Secretary Liam Doran extended his deepest sympathy on behalf of the organisation and all of the members who knew Mr s Carty.
The chairman of Glanbia Co-operative Society, Henry Corbally, also expressed his sympathy to her family and friends.
The Carty family are highly respected Glanbia milk suppliers.
Meanwhile, Michael Hayes said strict criteria has to be met before they can bring his brother and sister-in-law home.
"We're waiting for the formalities to be completed . . . we haven't been given anything definitive as to when they'll be flown home," he told the Irish Independent.
A source involved in the repatriation process said while there was a "chance" the bodies would be back on Irish soil today, it remains "unlikely".
"The information suggests that it's possible, and the Irish authorities are working very hard with their counterparts to ensure everything moves as quickly as possible," he said.
"Once repatriation arrangements are in place, then international undertakers get involved. So there is a chance they'll be home today."
Meanwhile a book of condolence has opened at Belfast City Hall, while a national one minute's silence will be held in Britain at noon on Friday.