Some 112 Irish holiday goers have chosen to fly out to Tunisia this evening despite a fatal attack that has left 37, including an Irishwoman, dead.
“Only 58 took up this offer. The rest are heading to Tunisia. Some of those heading out this evening are going to Sousse, and these people have been offered new hotels away from where this horrific attack took place.”
The holiday firm told Drivetime it would be organising flights for those customers wishing to return from Tunisia, saying their General Manager for North Africa was due to arrive in the country “first thing in the morning”.
“It’s just so sad that one individual could do something like this to completely defenceless people,” their spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs has strongly advised holiday makers in Tunisia to follow the advice of the local authorities and to maintain contact with their tour organiser.
Minister Flanagan also moved to warn other Irish citizens who are planning to travel to Tunisia to "exercise extreme caution".
"Our priority at the moment is with those directly involved, they are remaining indoors in the hotel complex in Tunisia.
"We are working with the families of the bereaved. Our priority will be the safe return of Irish citizens at the earliest opportunity," he added.
It is understood that the victim was on the beach when the attack happened. Her husband is not believed to have been on the beach at the time.
It is understood the family is prominent in Meath GAA circles.
A DECAPITATED body covered in Arabic writing was found at a U.S. gas company in southeast France earlier today, police sources and French media said, after an assailant rammed a car into the premises, triggering an explosion.