'Months' before family can bury Irish MH17 victim Edel Mahady
It could be months before the Irish victim of the MH17 atrocity, Edel Mahady, can be finally laid to rest.
Some of the remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down over the troubled Ukrainian city of Donetsk this month have been transported to the Netherlands.
A total of 40 coffins bearing the first remains of those killed in the crash arrived at the military airport in the Dutch city of Eindhoven on Wednesday.
But TD Willie Penrose, whose wife is a first cousin of Ms Mahady, said that the identification process those and the remaining victims could take several months.
He added that he believed a memorial service would be held for Ms Mahady here once the identification process was completed, adding that a mass had already been said.
Relatives, colleagues, students and friends of the mother-of-two in her adopted hometown of Perth in Australia yesterday attended a service for victims of the crash.
Ms Mahady, who lived in Australia for more than two decades, was an administrative assistant at the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Perth. Her relatives, originally from Lucan, said they were overwhelmed by the sympathy shown by the public since last Friday.
Tom Mahady, who is the cousin of Ms Mahady's husband Derek, described the mass, which was held in the city's St Mary's Cathedral, as "beautiful".
He said his family were humbled by the turnout and was grateful the archbishop had organised the mass. "The service was beautiful, and uplifting. It was great to have a mass for all those who died."
Mr Mahady spoke with Edel's husband Derek who is still coming to terms with her death.
Further details have emerged about Ms Mahady's travel arrangements on the tragic day. Her husband had been planning to fly to Europe on business and had suggested that the pair fly back together. But Ms Mahady was eager to get back to work and so decided to travel home alone.
Along with her husband, she is survived by her son Conor and daughter Ciara. She had been back in Dublin visiting her mother before she took flight MH17 on her way back to Australia.