NORTHERN Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he considered taking the ill-fated flight to Cork.
The senior Sinn Fein figure revealed he was due to canvass in Cork today and had considered taking the ill-fated flight but had subsequently changed his mind.
"This is a route I have travelled on a number of occasions. In fact, I am going to be in Munster tomorrow and I had contemplated travelling on this flight, but that changed due to other circumstances," he said yesterday.
"I am conscious of the fact that this flight is frequented by people from the business community, people who have family reasons to travel to Cork, and indeed people who are involved in tourism.
"Our hearts are broken for these people who have lost loved ones in this incident, so I want to offer our condolences and deepest sympathy on what is a very tragic and traumatic time for themselves," he said at a press conference in Belfast City Airport.