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Balcony survivors still in hospital

The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the college town of Berkeley, California, remain in hospital in varying states of recovery nearly a week later.

Father Aidan McAleenan of St Columba Catholic Church in Oakland says all of the students face long physical and mental recoveries, and they probably will not be returning to Ireland soon.

The students were on a balcony that snapped off the fifth floor of an apartment building on Tuesday during a birthday party. Five 21-year-old students from Ireland and a 22-year-old from California died.

A spokesman with John Muir hospital in Walnut Creek said two of the injured, Jack Halpin and Conor Flynn, are in fair condition today.

Representatives with two other hospitals directed reporters to the Irish Consulate, which did not return a call seeking comment.

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