Saturday 24 August 2019

Tánaiste Simon Coveney offers Government help to find climber

Trinity College professor and climber Seamus Lawless
Trinity College professor and climber Seamus Lawless

David Young

The Government will offer any support it can to efforts to find a missing climber on Mount Everest, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said.

Seamus 'Shay' Lawless, from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell as he descended the peak on Thursday having just achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit.

Mr Coveney said he had spoken to Mr Lawless's wife Pamela several times over the weekend and had discussed how the authorities could help.

"We are willing to offer any support we can, either financial or organisational, she knows that," he told RTÉ.

The Trinity College professor's family has launched a fundraising campaign to help finance expensive search and recovery efforts.

His relatives, who said Mr Lawless's insurers were not assisting in the search, have set up a GoFundMe page with a target of raising €750,000. It had raised €215,000 in a little over 36 hours.

Irish Independent

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