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Friday 23 February 2018

Irish helpline for Spanish rail crash set up

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has opened a helpline for Irish people concerned that relatives have been caught up in the devastating Spanish train crash that has killed at least 77.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore T.D has expressed his sympathies to the families of those killed and to those who were injured in the derailment which of the train travelling between Madrid and Ferrol in the Northwest of the country.

Horrific pictures of the scene at the city of Santiago de Compostela have emerged and the death toll has risen steadily overnight.

Mr Gilmore said: "My thoughts are with those who have lost family and loved ones in this tragic accident.

“The Galician region and the city of Santiago is a popular destination for Irish travellers and the Irish Embassy in Madrid has been in contact with the regional authorities since the accident occured.

He said that while there is no indication of any Irish involvement at this stage, “the situation is still developing and it will be some time before all of those involved have been identified.”

“I would ask any family who are concerned for loved ones they believe may have been travelling on the train to contact my Department at 01-4082000’”

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