What it says in the papers
The tragedy in Berkeley, which saw six young people lose their lives and seven others injured, leads the national front pages this morning:
‘Balcony tragedy victims fighting for lives’ reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reads: ‘US official says balcony was only meant to be ‘decorative’ as it’s revealed a February 2002 memo from city planners insisted they needed ‘samples of balcony material’.
The front page also reads ‘Students’ parents arrive at hospitals in wake of accident’ – two of the injured students remain in a critical condition while the other five students injured are said to be ‘stable’, but could have suffered ‘life-altering injuries’.
The leading photograph shows four Irish J1 students paying their respects at the scene of the tragedy in which the six young people died.
The Irish Times also leads with the line that two of those Irish students involved in the tragic incident remain in a critical condition. ‘Two students still in critical condition as parents arrive in San Francisco’ reads the front page.
The Herald, the Irish Sun and the Irish Daily Star all lead with the story of one of the survivors thanking her friend for breaking her fall. Dubliner Jack Halpin, who suffered two broken legs in the disaster, is hailed as a hero for saving his pal Clodagh Cogley. ‘Hero pal saved my life’ reads the front page of The Herald, the Irish Sun reads 'Hero Jack saved my life while the Irish Daily Star leads with ‘My Hero’.
The Irish Examiner leads with the words ‘In mourning’ and a photograph of two floral wreaths and an Irish flag at the tragic scene.
‘Heartbreak and hope for the families’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mail. The front page of the newspaper shows Neil Sands of the Irish Network Bay Area placing the Irish flag beside a wreath at the scene of the tragedy.
Finally, the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror shows the remnants of the balcony after Tuesday's tragedy. The headline simply reads: 'They didn't stand a chance'.