Saturday 24 August 2019

President, Taoiseach send their sympathies to Quoirins

Condolences: President Michael D Higgins reached out to the family. Photo: PA
Condolences: President Michael D Higgins reached out to the family. Photo: PA

Allison Bray

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday sent Ireland's condolences to the bereaved family of Nora Quoirin, whose body was found in the Malaysian rainforest 10 days after she disappeared.

Nora (15) was on holiday with her Belfast-born mother Meabh, her French father Sebastien Quoirin and her siblings, when she disappeared from the resort where she was staying. Her heartbroken parents formally identified her remains yesterday.

Last night, the President offered his sympathy to them on behalf of the Irish people.

"Sabina and I offer our deepest condolences to Nora's parents, Meabh and Sebastian, to Nora's siblings and to her extended family," Mr Higgins said.

"On behalf of the people of Ireland, I would also like to express my gratitude for the assistance given by the Malaysian authorities in the search for Nora, for the volunteers who answered the call to join the search and for all those throughout Malaysia, Ireland, Britain and France who offered what support they could," he said.

Mr Varadkar and Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney echoed Mr Higgins's sentiments yesterday.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Nora Quoirin's parents, siblings and wider family at this unimaginably difficult time. They have experienced every family's worst nightmare," Mr Varadkar said.

"I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for Nora. May she rest in peace."

Mr Coveney said his department, through the Irish Embassy in Malaysia, had been providing assistance to the Quoirin family, alongside the French Embassy.

"At this harrowing time all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family," he said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the St Patrick's Society of Selangor in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur said the scores of Irish expatriates living in Malaysia were all heartbroken by the grim news yesterday and offered their condolences.

Irish Independent

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