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Minister Deenihan to travel to Berkeley today

Irish abroad, Consular, MoS Jimmy Deenihan, Press Releases, North America, 2015

 

Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., will today travel to Berkeley, California, to express solidarity with those affected by the tragic accident which resulted in the death of six young Irish people and serious injury to seven others.

Speaking this morning in Dublin, Minister Deenihan said:

"The tragic loss of six young lives at the beginning of a summer in California which should have been filled with new experiences, new opportunities and new friends, is simply heart breaking.

"At this profoundly difficult time, on behalf of the Government, I want to stand with our young J1 community in Berkeley and express solidarity with the families of the bereaved, the injured and all those affected by this terrible tragedy."

Minister Deenihan will also meet with Irish community representatives and local US authorities to thank them and all those who assisted those affected by this tragic accident.

Minister Deenihan said:

"When I meet with representatives of the Irish community in Berkeley, local residents and the local US authorities, I will take the opportunity to express deep appreciation, on behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, for the generous support and assistance they have offered to those affected by this devastating accident. Their cooperation with the dedicated team at our Consulate is enormously important in helping us to deliver practical support to those affected."

ENDS

Press Office
18 June 2015

Note for Editors

We would encourage any families who have remaining concerns about any loved ones who may be physically uninjured but may be very shocked and affected by this terrible tragedy to make contact with our Consular Response Team on +353 1 418 0200.