Belfast Telegraph

Friday 6 March 2015

Norway books of condolence opened in Northern Ireland

People at Oslo Cathedral light candles in memory of victims of the attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island youth retreat (AP)
People at Oslo Cathedral light candles in memory of victims of the attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island youth retreat (AP)
Anders Behring Breivik sits in an armoured police vehicle after leaving the Oslo courthouse (AP)
Smoke rises from central Oslo after an explosion ripped through government buildings (AP/Scanpix)
Anders Breivik
Medics and emergency workers escort an injured person from a camp site on the island of Utoya (AP)
A victim is treated outside government buildings in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.(AP Photo/Fartein Rudjord)
Smoke rises from central Oslo after an explosion ripped through government buildings (AP/Scanpix)
Medics and emergency workers escort youths from a camp site on the island of Utoya, Norway Saturday July 23, 2011. A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island retreat, police said Saturday. Investigators are still searching the surrounding waters, where people fled the attack, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven. (AP Photo/Morten Edvardsen/Scanpix
An aerial view of Utoya Island, Norway taken Thursday, July 21, 2011
An injured woman is helped by a passerby, in a doorway in Oslo, Norway, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents and debris. The Prime Minister is not hurt
Two women are seen leaving as rescue workers arrive to help the injured following an explosion in Oslo, Norway Friday July 22, 2011
Medics and emergency workers escort an injured person from a camp site on the island of Utoya, Norway Saturday July 23, 2011. A Norwegian dressed as a police officer gunned down at least 84 people at an island retreat, police said Saturday. Investigators are still searching the surrounding waters, where people fled the attack, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven
A tracked high speed mist fan is used to drag a damaged vehicle away from a building in central Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents
The wreckage of a car lies outside a building in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents and debris. A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters in Oslo which includes the prime minister's office, injuring several people. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press
A victim is treated outside government buildings in the center of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents. (AP Photo/Fartein Rudjord)
In this image taken from TV smoke and flames billow from the shattered window of a building after an explosion in Oslo, Norway, Friday July 22, 2011. A loud explosion shattered windows Friday in several buildings including the government headquarters in Oslo which includes the prime minister's office, injuring several people. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press
The wreckagew of a car lies outside a building in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents.(AP Photo/Roald Berit, Scanpix, Norway)
An officer responds in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents and debris
The scene after an explosion in Oslo, Norway, Friday July 22, 2011
The wreckage of a car lies outside government buildings in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2011, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering wiondows and covering the street with documents
Devastation caused after a powerful blast tore open several buildings (Holm Morten)
An aerial view of Utoya Island, where a Labour Party youth camp was attacked by a gunman (AP)
A woman walks through debris in a street following an explosion in Oslo, Norway Friday July 22, 2011. A powerful blast tore open several Oslo buildings including the prime minister's office on Friday
Victims receive treatment outside government buildings in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office
The scene after an explosion in Oslo, Norway, Friday July 22, 2011
Smoke rises from the central area of Oslo Friday, July 22, 2011 after an explosion. Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a nearby island youth camp. (AP Photo/Scanpix, Jon Bredo Overaas)
Wounded people are treated in the street in the centre of Oslo, Friday July 22, 2010, following an explosion that tore open several buildings including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents and debris

Books of condolence have been opened across Northern Ireland for the victims of the twin attacks in Norway.

In Belfast, Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile was first to sign the book which will remain open for members of the public at the City Hall.

In Londonderry Mayor Maurice Devenney was among the first to sign the book at the Guildhall.

The Derry book of condolence will remain open throughout this week from 9am to 5pm.

Mr Devenney said: "This is a terrible time for the people of Norway.

"They are numb with shock and emotion and are finding it hard to comprehend the reasoning behind this most tragic act of terror.

"The book of condolence will provide local people with an opportunity to express their sympathy and offer their support to the victims and their families as they try to come to terms with their loss," he added.

Meanwhile SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie also opened a book at her party's headquarters on the Ormeau Road, in south Belfast.

The SDLP is a sister party of the Norwegian Labour Party, whose members were killed at a youth camp on Utoya island.

In Antrim, Mayor Paul Michael said a book of condolence would remain open until August 31.

"My fellow councillors and I have been deeply moved by the extent of this disaster and the suffering it has brought to so many people," he said. "The book of condolence will give our community the opportunity to express their sympathy to the families of all the victims," he added.

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