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Obama comforts mum of Irish boys killed in storm

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has met the grieving parents of two little Irish boys who were killed by Superstorm Sandy.

Mr Obama hugged Glenda and Damian Moore after a meeting on Staten Island where he surveyed the storm damage.

He had a private meeting with the couple as he sought to comfort them on the loss of their sons Brandon (4) and Connor (2).

"They lost two young sons during the course of this tragedy. And obviously, I expressed to them, as a father, as a parent, my heartbreak over what they went through."

Glenda Moore was driving her children to her mother's home during the storm when the car became engulfed in rising flood waters.


Her children were swept away and she sought help in a nearby house but was turned away. Brandon and Connor's bodies were found 30 hours later in a swamp.

Damian Moore, a native of Donegal, is a sanitation worker and had been called in to work during the hurricane. He and his wife were singled out for their bravery by the president.

Mr Obama also praised Irish American police Lieutenant Kevin Gallagher who stayed with the family during their ordeal as the search continued for their children.

He said the Moores were very grateful to Lieutenant Gallagher for his support.