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Monday 23 October 2017

Tánaiste visits scene of Clondalkin fire which claimed the lives of three young children and young mum

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has paid tribute to the emergency services who fought to save at the tragic Clondalkin fire.

All sides of the Dáil offered sympathy to the families of Annemarie O’Brien (27) who died in yesterday’s blaze and Biddy O’Brien who is still fighting for her life.

Ms Fitzgerald visited the scene at Cluanin Cronan this morning where she met with neighbours and gardaí.

She also discussed the situation with officials from the Sonas charity which owned the apartment complex. They provide a facility for women have suffered domestic violence.

Neighbours bring flowers to the scene. Photo: Collins
Neighbours bring flowers to the scene. Photo: Collins

Ms Fitzgerald said the staff at Solas were “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy.

“My thought at this stage are with all of those involved,” the Tánaiste said, adding that gardaí were carrying out further forensic analysis today.

 “I also want to pay tribute to the emergency services who arrived very quickly at the scene of the fire.

“Clearly our thoughts today are with the relatives and friends who lost their lives,” she said.

Investigators from Dublin Fire Brigade at the scene. Photo: Frank McGrath
Investigators from Dublin Fire Brigade at the scene. Photo: Frank McGrath

Fianna Fáil TD Sean Haughey said the tragedy showed the important work done by Dublin Fire Brigade.

A member of Dublin Fire Brigade inside the apartment where four people lost their lives. Photo: Frank McGrath
A member of Dublin Fire Brigade inside the apartment where four people lost their lives. Photo: Frank McGrath

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