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Minister Flanagan expresses sympathy over deaths in California and activates Consular Crisis Centre

Consular, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, North America, 2015

 

Minister Flanagan expresses heartfelt sympathy at Irish deaths in California and activates Department’s Consular Crisis Centre

“It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives while a number of others have been seriously injured following the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California earlier today.

“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident.  My Department in Dublin stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance to the Irish citizens affected by this tragedy. 

“Our Consul General in San Francisco is in close contact with the authorities and will be providing assistance to those affected on the ground.

“It is too early to know the full extent of this dreadful accident but I have opened my Department’s Consular Crisis Centre and activated our emergency response line so we can provide assistance and guidance to the families of those affected and to others who have concerns. 

Anyone with concerns about friends or family in the region, should call the Emergency Consular Response Team on +353 1 418 0200.”

ENDS

Press Office

16 June 2015