A group of holiday-goers and their families who were victims of the beach gun attack in Tunisia that killed 38 tourists have started legal action against holiday company Thomson, claiming that the operator failed to provide adequate security at its hotel.
Several families who lost loved ones as well as a number of those who were seriously injured in the attack brought a claim for damages against Thomson through UK lawyers Irwin Mitchell, the law firm said in a statement on Thursday.
"It's our policy not to comment on legal action," a spokeswoman for Thomson said when contacted by Reuters.
Irwin Mitchell's head of international personal injury Clive Garner said that Thomson was legally responsible for any failures to provide reasonable security precautions and adequate warnings to guests before and during their stays.
Two weeks after the attack, thousands of tourists rushed to leave Tunisia after a number of countries warned another attack was "highly likely".
Mother-of-two Lorna Carty from Robinstown, Co Meath, and Athlone couple Larry and Martina Hayes were three Irish tourists shot and killed during the beach carnage.
TUI, the world's largest leisure and tourism company, said in August that cancelled holidays to Tunisia would cost it between €35 and €40 million in total in its current financial year.
Officials on the outskirts of the coastal Tunisian city of Sousse have launched a major search operation, after two men on a motorcyle armed with a rifle opened fire on three policemen, killing one.
At 11.53 on Friday morning, Seifeddine Rezgui stood on the beach at Port El Kantoui in Sousse and made a 10-second telephone call on his white Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. The tall, handsome young man knelt down, produced a Kalashnikov AK-47 from within a rolled-up beach umbrella and test-fired a couple of rounds into the sand. Then he began the task of killing Western tourists.