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Carrickmines fire tragedy: bodies of victims to be released to family members

Published 16/10/2015

A member of the travelling community at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PA
A member of the travelling community at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PA
Members of the travelling community at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PA
Member of the travelling community Elizabeth Wall, six, at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Halting Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the travelling community at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Halting Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Members of the travelling community at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Halting Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Member of the travelling community Elizabeth Wall, six, at a candlelit vigil outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire at the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 23, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Halting Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Undated handout picture issued by Hertfordshire Police of Sinead Hare, a mother-of-one, was fatally injured in what police believe was a single-car crash in St Albans, and whose body was found by her husband after he went looking for his wife when she failed to return home for the evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 14, 2015. See PA story POLICE Husband. Photo credit should read: Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Relatives of the deceased, Francis McDonald, with his daughter Margaret Donohue and her son Josh at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A local priest leads a prayer at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to locals at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A forensics officer walks past toys and flowers left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People gather as toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People gather as toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Chief fire officer Pat Fleming (left) and assistant chief fire officer Dennis Keeley at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Assistant chief fire officer Dennis Keeley at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A woman leaves flowers outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The bodies of the ten adults and children who tragically died in the fire at a halting site on the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines last Saturday have been formally identified.

It is hoped that their bodies will be released to family members tonight, allowing them to prepare to make arrangements for the funerals.

The deceased have been formally identified as Thomas (27) and Sylvia Connors (25) and their children Jim (5), Christy (2) and five-month-old Mary, who it is believed will all be buried in Wexford.

Willie Lynch (25), his partner Tara Gilbert (27) and their children Kelsey (4) and Jodie (9), as well as Willie’s 39-year-old brother Jimmy are expected to have their funerals in Bray.

Meanwhile, talks are still continuing between Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council and the residents of Rockville Drive over a proposed temporary accommodation in the estate.

Director of Southside Travellers said she hoped the site would be built as soon as possible “to allow the homeless families somewhere to live as they cope with their loss”

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