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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Karen's family just want to bring her home

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The Government is liaising with the Scottish authorities and the family of slain nursing student Karen Buckley (24) over bringing her remains back to Ireland next week.

Karen's north Cork-based family want her remains brought back to her native Mourneabbey as quickly as possible for funeral arrangements.

However, the remains must be formally released by the Scottish Coroner and Police Scotland in consultation with the Procurator Fiscale/Scottish Director of Prosecutions.

The Irish Consul in Edinburgh has been working with Karen's parents, John (62) and Marion (61), and the Scottish authorities over the matter.

The Buckley family have been assured that the issue will be fast-tracked to the maximum possible extent.

Under Scottish law, a second post-mortem examination can sometimes be required if requested.

No second examination has been requested so far - but Karen's remains cannot be released while it remains a possibility.

A Glasgow pathologist has already performed a detailed post-mortem examination for Police Scotland and an exhaustive battery of forensic, DNA and toxicology tests.

Tánaiste Joan Burton vowed that the Government will do everything possible to assist the Buckley family with arrangements.

"Anybody with children will understand that this poor family are going through every parent's worst nightmare," she said.

"I want to confirm that the offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs, my colleague Development Minister Sean Sherlock and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan are doing everything to ensure that, as far as possible, any resource which our consulate in Scotland can provide is given to the family."

Irish Independent

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