Monday 23 October 2017

'It's horrendous' - Inquest into Tunisian terrorist attacks which killed three Irish people hears police deliberately slowed down on way to scene

Victim: Lorna Carty was shot dead
Victim: Lorna Carty was shot dead

Gavin White

Revelations from an inquest into the Tunisian terrorist attacks in 2015 that killed three Irish citizens are "horrendous" according a family friend of one of the victims.

Evidence from the inquest shows that police deliberately slowed down when going to scene.

Three Irish citizens were killed in the June 2015 attack when extremist Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi launched a deadly assault on a Tunisian beach.

The UK hearing into the deaths of 38 tourists heard that a local investigation into the slaughter criticised some police for stalling as they made their way to the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

Larry and Martina Hayes
Larry and Martina Hayes

Amongst the people killed in Sousse was Lorna Carty from Co. Meath.

Fine Gael Senator Ray Butler, who knew the family of Ms Carty, said "it is horrendous and it's terrible to think that more lives could have been saved".

"I'm sure the revelations won't help the family, who are very private people. I spoke to Lorna's husband at the time and he was just devastated.

Senator Butler said he would help "push for the family" if they wanted a similar inquest to take place in Ireland.

"I'd like to see what the families would think of an Irish inquest and I would have no problem pushing for the family if they wanted one. I would be totally behind them”, he said.

Athlone couple Larry and Martina Hayes were also killed in the deadly attack and Athlone Parish Priest Fr Liam Devine said the revelations were "another twist" in the tragedy.

"The news will only further add to the all the grief felt by the family.

"It is still very raw and I remember talking to a brother of the family at the time and they were just devastated so this will not help matters now", he said.

"I suppose this could spark off an inquiry over here if that was possible into the deaths," he said.

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