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Monday 5 December 2016

Wedding party is stranded

Robin Schiller

Published 16/07/2016 | 02:30

Thousands of Irish are either working or on vacation in Turkey, and the Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice urging travellers to postpone any planned trips.
Thousands of Irish are either working or on vacation in Turkey, and the Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice urging travellers to postpone any planned trips.

An Irish wedding party in Turkey was stranded last night with concern about how soon they and thousands of other holidaymakers would be able to make the trip home.

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Dublin native Maria Joyce, who runs the Annalivia restaurant, said that tourists had fears of missing flights back to Ireland this morning.

"We have an Irish wedding party in our resort at the moment and their main concern is that they won't be able to get their flight home tomorrow.

"There isn't too much information on what is happening at the moment, and people in the restaurant are on their phones contacting their families," Ms Joyce said.

"I wouldn't say there is a sense of fear - it doesn't seem that anyone's life is in danger.

"The only fear is that flights will be cancelled and people could be stranded here," she added.

"I have been in contact with my family at home to tell them I am safe. There isn't any immediate danger in Istanbul, and we're waiting for more information to come through.

"People back home should know that there isn't any immediate danger, there are fears down the line but at the moment everything is okay."

Ms Joyce, who has been in business for 15 years, said that some locals simply saw the coup as a "changing of the system" and were not afraid.

Thousands of Irish are either working or on vacation in Turkey, and the Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice urging travellers to postpone any planned trips.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said that the ambassador is currently on the ground monitoring the situation and that no Irish person has been involved or injured.

Irish Independent

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