Thursday 22 February 2018

'Tranquillity and beauty of sunny spring Sunday shattered' - Enda Kenny on 'horrendous' Buncrana tragedy as Dail stood for minute's silence

Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron
Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron

Kevin Doyle and John Downing

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will forever remember the words of Francis Crawford who witness the tragic deaths of five people in Buncrana.

The Dáil stood for a minute’s silence this morning at the request of Mr Kenny, who described the tragedy as “horrendous”.

He said the acting Government wanted to express “sincere and deepest sympathies and condolences to the McGrotty family on their tragic loss”.

“Our hearts go out to them on what is a devastating impact on their lives and the lives of the extended family.

“We all know in our own lives the numbing grief that comes with the loss of a loved one, in these circumstances however this is of particular deepest grief.

“That the tranquillity and beauty of a sunny spring Sunday be shattered by this tragedy,” Mr Kenny said.

“I will recall, as many people will forever, the words of Francis Crawford in his description of what happened. I admire the courage of Davitt Walsh who rescued little Rioghnach-Ann.

“When you try to consider the horrendous impact and tragedy as that vehicle slid towards the water and the father tried to hand to the rescuer, to say ‘save our baby’, this puts things into perspective and context.”

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin added his own and his party's sympathy to the bereaved family of the Buncrana drowning tragedy which we described as "an unspeakable and an appalling tragedy."

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said his party wanted to extend "sympathy and solidarity" to the McGrotty family adding that he hoped that baby saved would make a speedy recovery.

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