Unbearable tragedy for Karen's family
Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30
There is no comfort to be drawn from the tragic, even horrific, story of the death of 24-year-old Irish student Karen Buckley.
Nothing can possibly soften the traumatic events that her mother and father, John and Marion Buckley, have endured with such dignity since the news of their daughter's disappearance in Glasgow broke on Monday.
They may well take some comfort from their many friends in the small Co Cork village of Mourneabbey, who have rallied round the family in the past few days and tried, if that is possible, to provide some comfort to them during this truly terrible ordeal.
Mothers and fathers everywhere will also feel something of the anguish that the Buckley family are going through, although the full extent of their pain is unimaginable to most of us, except a small group of people whose daughters have suffered the same fate.
All parents understand that they have to release their children into a world which has such charm and promise, but can, tragically, be dangerous and evil.
Unfortunately, Karen Buckley encountered evil during a routine night out in Glasgow last Sunday. It is even more difficult to comprehend because she was not an innocent teenager, but a woman who had travelled the world and was now pursuing a career in occupational therapy, having already completed a nursing degree.
Yesterday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, expressed his condolences to the Buckley family, but he also paid tribute to the Scottish police for their handling of the missing persons inquiry and the murder investigation that has followed. We would wish to endorse his remarks. The Scottish police put a huge amount of resources and energy into the search for Karen, and that, at least, has brought some closure for the Buckley family and the uncertainty surrounding her disappearance is over.
There will be many dark days to come at the loss of their beloved daughter, but we know that family and friends will do all in their power to soften this appalling blow to a decent, hard-working, loving family who did not deserve to lose their daughter in this appalling way.