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Wednesday 20 September 2017

'It's still very raw' - Families of Irish people killed in Tunisia terror attack still coming to terms with atrocity

Victims Laurence and Martina Hayes, from Athlone, Co Westmeath
Victims Laurence and Martina Hayes, from Athlone, Co Westmeath
Victim: Lorna Carty was shot dead
Seifeddine Rezgui slaughtered a total of 38 people, including three Irish citizens, during the attack in Sousse

Laura Lynott in Dublin

The families of the three Irish people killed in the Islamic terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, are still coming to terms with the atrocity two years later.

Husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes, both in their 50s, from Athlone in Co Westmeath, were among the fatalities.

Athlone Canon Liam Devine said as the inquest into the attack concluded, the community's thoughts were with the Hayes family.

He said Martina and Laurence's daughter Sinead was still attending bereavement counselling.

"I will be in contact with Sinead as she is attending a bereavement support group next week and I know she and the whole family will be upset today," Fr Devine said.

"To be honest, I don't know how they'll greet the news of the inquest, it's just very, very sad and it's still very raw.

"You hear these things from other parts of world but then when they happen on your doorstep, it's hard to take in, even after time has passed. We are all still reeling from the loss."

The third Irish victim was mother of two Lorna Carty, from Robinstown in Co Meath.

Irish Independent

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