Kathryn Thomas: My mum escaped being attacked in Tunisia
Published 02/07/2015 | 08:24
A relieved Kathryn Thomas has told how her mum escaped from danger as she fled Tunisia just before a group of people were brutally murdered.
The RTE presenter revealed in her Irish Daily Star column that her beloved mum was lucky to return home safe and sound after her recent solo trip around Tunisia.
Kathryn's mum had opted to go travelling through North Africa alone for five weeks, and was spending her last few days enjoying the sights of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.
Her mum, a keen history buff, wanted to pay a final visit to the Bardo Museum.
"On Monday March 16th my mother walked out of the Bardo Museum at 3pm and flew home. Two days later, 22 people were killed when two gunmen stormed the museum and opened fire," Operation Transformation host Kathryn stated.
"My mum recounted how she walked straight past a security guard asleep in the shade at the Bardo, paid the entrance fee and went through to the museum with no security screening."
"Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility - just as they have done on the most recent horrific attack in the coastal resort of Sousse which has left 38 dead, 3 of them Irish."
"Without a doubt security should be ramped up. It was and is up to the Tunisian government to do everything to protect its citizens and its tourists," Kathryn urged.