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Family waits for news on Irish MH17 victim

THE family of an Irish woman killed in the MH17 atrocity are still waiting for information about what has happened to her remains.

Edel Mahady was one of 298 passengers and crew travelling on the aircraft when it was shot out of the sky last Thursday.

It is understood that pro-Russian forces have been obstructing efforts to investigate the crash and to recover the remains of those that died.

There has been anger over the treatment of the crash site in the rebel held Ukranian city of Donetsk, with rumours of looting and desecration.

Ms Mahady, who was in her 50s, was a mother-of-two.

Originally from Lucan, she had been living in Perth, Australia for more than two decades.

She had been back in Dublin visiting her mother for two weeks before she took flight MH17, on her way back to Australia.

Ms Mahady, who visits Dublin a number of times a year, was on the second leg of her journey back to her husband Dereck and children Conor and Ciara.

Her family and friends are said to be "too depressed" to follow the latest developments in the aftermath of the horrific crash.

A close family friend said "they are staying away from the news" and "haven't been able to listen to what's been happening".

The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "To think that her body could be lying out there in a field ­­- I don't want to dwell on that."

They said the entire community was "distraught" to hear about the death.

"We're all feeling very distraught. It's like something you'd read about, it's what you see in movies, but now it's with us. It's too strange to comprehend the whole thing."

In a statement over the weekend Ms Mahady's family said she took care of people and was "immeasurably proud" of her husband and children.

"She would be heartbroken to know how saddened we are by her death, she would not want anyone to waste time on hating those who did this rather she would be expecting us to 'suck it up' and make sure we looked after those who need it and to live fully," the statement said.

The family have appealed for privacy.

Ms Mahady was the first cousin of Labour Party TD Willie Penrose, who told the Herald yesterday that he had no more information on the incident.

Fr Tony Reilly, the parish priest in her local Palmerstown parish, said he was not aware if Ms Mahady's funeral would be in Ireland or Australia.

The majority of those that died on the plane were from the Netherlands.

A book of condolences will be opened at the country's embassy on Dublin's Merrion Road from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm until 4pm today and tomorrow.

A gathering to mourn was held outside the European Parliament information office on Dublin's Molesworth Street, yesterday.