Monday 18 June 2018

Taoiseach leads Dáil sympathies to families of two women killed 'brutally' and 'senselessly'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
John Downing

John Downing

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his profound sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of "two senseless and brutal killings" in recent days.

Mr Varadkar led tributes and expressions of sympathy from all party leaders and Independents as the Dáil resumed this afternoon.

Murdered Jastine Valdez
Murdered Jastine Valdez

The Taoiseach said nothing anyone could now say could console the family and friends of Jastine Valdez and Ana Kriegel who were killed in Dublin in recent days.

The Taoiseach said the Government was looking at ways to offer practical help to family and friends of both young women. He said that Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, had contacted the Philippines Embassy to inquire what help may be appropriate.

Anastasia ‘Ana’ Kriegel Photo: Austin Crowe
Anastasia ‘Ana’ Kriegel Photo: Austin Crowe

Mr Varadkar also noted that the Education Department had sent in the psychological services to the school of Ana Kriegel to help counsel her classmates who were traumatised by news of the brutal circumstances in which she had died.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin added his condolences as did Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Independent TD Mattie McGrath also offered his sympathies as did Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan.

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