Saturday 25 November 2017

Libya plane crash victim's ashes will be scattered in Ireland

Shane Hickey

THE ashes of Brigid 'Bree' O'Mara (right), the author who died in the Libyan air crash, are expected to be eventually scattered in Ireland.

Diplomats from the Department of Foreign Affairs are currently liaising with the family of Ms O'Mara, who was born in South Africa to Irish parents and carried an Irish passport.

She was one of 103 people who died when the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 crashed on arrival from Johannesburg.

Last night, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the body of Ms O'Mara had not yet been identified following the crash on Wednesday.

Two diplomats have travelled to Tripoli from the Irish embassy in Rome to liaise with the family. It is expected that her body, when identified, will be repatriated to South Africa and her ashes subsequently scattered somewhere in Ireland, said a government spokesman.

Ms O'Mara (41) grew up in Durban, South Africa, after her parents eloped there to get married. Her mother was Imelda O'Mara from Nenagh in Co Tipperary while her father, Ben Hoare, was from Rush, Co Dublin.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said the nine-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of the crash was yesterday told that his parents and brother had died in the disaster.

The boy will return to the Netherlands on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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