President and political leaders offer condolences to those affected by crash
President Mary McAleese expressed her deep shock and sadness at today's fatal plane crash in Cork.
A spokeswoman said: "The President said her thoughts and prayers, and those of all the people of Ireland, are with the families of the deceased and the survivors at this very difficult time."
Taoiseach Brian Cowen also said his thoughts were with all of those affected by the crash.
"I also want to send my best wishes and those of the Government, to all of those who survived the crash and are being treated in hospital at present," Mr Cowen said.
"I also want to commend the work of the various rescue crews and all of the emergency and support staff working to help those involved in the crash."
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny held a minute's silence at a press conference for the victims of the crash.
"I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic accident today in Cork Airport," Mr Kenny said.
"My prayers are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives today, and anyone who has been injured."
Meanwhile Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the crash: "I am greatly saddened to learn of the tragic accident in Cork airport today.
"My thoughts and prayers are with those who have sadly lost their lives or have incurred injury.
"I want to extend my sincere sympathies to their families.
"I want also to commend the emergency services for their work and commitment."
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