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Taoiseach offers his sympathies to families of tragic Germanwings plane crash victims


Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)


Enda Kenny (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

The Taoiseach has offered his sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash where 150 are believed to have died.

Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps on Wednesday.

Seventy-two Germans, including 16 school children and 51 Spaniards, were among the nationalities killed in the crash.

Mr Kenny offered his sympathies to Ambassadors from Germany and Spain who gathered to sign a book of condolence in the Mansion House, Dublin today.

Speaking at the event he said he hopes it's possible to find out what caused the incident.

"It’s a tragedy, we don’t know yet what actually happened here. I do hope that it will be possible to determine what exactly did happen," he said.

The Taoiseach expressed his sympathies on behalf of the Irish people and said he had written to the German Chancellor, French President and the Prime Minister of Spain.

"I have written to the mayor in the little town in Germany where the children were attending school to express the sympathies of the Irish people.

"And to offer our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones in a most unfortunate tragedy," he added.

German Ambassador to Ireland H.E Matthias Hopfer thanked the Irish people for their support.

"We have received many flowers and letters to the Embassy offering support," he said.

"This terrible tragedy moves all of us. My heartfelt sympathies go to the families and friends of those who lost their life in this tragic event."

A book of condolence will be open for the public to sign until 4pm today and from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday at The Mansion House.

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