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Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 906 No. 2

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Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call on the Taoiseach. I understand he has some comments to make on the recent tragedies.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny On behalf of the Government, I would like to express my sincere and deepest sympathies and condolences to the McGrotty family on their tragic loss in Buncrana on Sunday evening. Our hearts go out to them on what is a devastating impact on the lives of the extended family. We all know in our own lives the numbing grief that comes from the loss of a loved one. In these circumstances, however, this is of particular and deepest grief that the tranquility and beauty of a sunny spring Sunday was shattered by this tragedy. I would like to express our sympathy to Louise James, who lost her partner, Seán, their two young sons, Mark and Evan, her mother, Ruth, and her sister, Jodie Lee. I will recall forever, as many people will, the words of Francis Crawford in his description of what happened. I admire the courage of Davitt Walsh, who rescued and saved the life of little Rionaghac-Ann. When one tries to consider the horrendous impact of what was happening as that vehicle slid towards the water and the father, handing his baby to the rescue, saying, "Save our baby", it puts things into perspective and into context.


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