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Statement by Minister Flanagan on Tunisia

Ireland, Consular, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2015

 

“In addition to the fatality made known yesterday, I can confirm that there is grave concern for two other Irish citizens who had been at the scene of the attacks at Sousse, Tunisia. 

 

The process of full and formal identification of victims is continuing in Tunis and will take a period of time before it is completed. The Irish Ambassador and Consul are on the ground in Tunisia, working closely with the Tunisian authorities.

 

Contact has been made with family members of those citizens for whom there is grave concern. The Embassy team is also continuing to provide all possible consular support to the bereaved family of the Irish citizen who had been confirmed yesterday as being among the deceased. 

 

This is a tragic and difficult time for the families and loved ones of those concerned. I appeal for their privacy to be respected and for sensitivity to be observed in the reporting of this tragic event.

 

As of now, the Irish Embassy team is not aware of any other cases of potential concern in relation to Irish citizens. We will continue to actively monitor the situation pending full identification of all those who have died and who have been injured.

 

My Department’s travel advice for Tunisia, which was changed yesterday in the light of the attack, is to exercise extreme caution. While the Tunisian authorities have declared this incident to be over, we would urge Irish citizens in Tunisia to remain vigilant and to follow any instructions given by the police, tour operator, and hotel staff.

 

Those wishing to contact my Department’s  Consular Support service can continue to do so throughout the rest of the weekend by calling the Department’s main telephone line 01 4082000.

 

I have condemned in the strongest terms these terrorist attacks. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of all the deceased.

 

The Ambassador of Ireland accredited to Tunisia, David Cooney, also met EU counterparts in Tunis today to review the situation on the ground. The Embassy team will keep me and the government updated through the days ahead."

 


ENDS


Press Office

27 June 2015

 


Notes for Editors:

 

Following the incident the Department changed its travel advice for Tunisia to ‘exercise extreme caution’. This decision was taken following consultation with our Embassy and contact with our EU partners. For those Irish citizens who are due to travel to Tunisia over the coming days and who now do not wish to travel, they should discuss their arrangements with the relevant travel companies.  
 
Travel advice will be kept under review and we would urge those intending to travel to Tunisia to check the advice before travelling on
www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/tunisia/

 

Citizens are encouraged to register their travel details at www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration . This helps the Department to establish contact in any emergency situations