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Irish tourists still stranded in Tunisia

DOZENS of Irish tourists are still stranded in Tunisia as unrest continues.

Travel agent Thomas Cook has reported that 1,800 British and Irish tourists were being evacuated and made immediate arrangements to have them return home as soon as possible.

The agency is now dedicating all its efforts to have all their holidaymakers home by this evening. It now has about 300 people left.


Some 1,500 sun seekers were shipped back to the UK yesterday, and a spokeswoman confirmed to the Herald that Irish people were making additional arrangements to fly from Manchester to Dublin at 6pm yesterday.

"The majority of holidaymakers are on their way home or will be on their way home today," she said.

As part of a special rescue programme, the remaining 300 tourists will be returning home today, as riots continue to grip Tunisia.

But Thomas Cook said they are determined to see every one of their customers arrive home safely, including independent travellers with accommodation or flight only.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Group CEO for Thomas Cook Group, said: "At times like this, the benefits of booking a package holiday come into their own.


"As soon as we were made aware of the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] changing its travel advice last night, we worked around the clock to put in place our rescue programme and we are happy to confirm the speedy return of all six of our rescue flights.

"With all the aircraft full, around 1,500 Thomas Cook British holidaymakers will have returned from Tunisia today.

"One further flight is scheduled to return to Monastir Airport tomorrow to bring back our remaining holidaymakers, who are in the safe hands of our experienced teams in resort."