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Concern for two more Irish citizens

Published 26/06/2015

In this screengrab taken from video provided by Tunisia TV1, injured people are treated on a Tunisian beach (Tunisia TV1 via AP)
In this screengrab taken from video provided by Tunisia TV1, injured people are treated on a Tunisian beach (Tunisia TV1 via AP)

There are "grave concerns" about two more Irish citizens who were at the scene of the Tunisian beach massacre, the Foreign Affairs Minister has said.

Warning further Irish casualties could not be ruled out, Charlie Flanagan said authorities are in contact with the families of the two citizens who are still missing.

"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," he said.

"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."

A mother of two, Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, has already been confirmed as among the dead.

The nurse, in her 50s, was gunned down on the beach while getting some last-minute sunbathing just hours before she was due to return home from the resort along with her husband Declan.

She had taken him on holiday to help him recover from heart surgery.

Mr Flanagan said: "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."

The Department of Foreign Affairs changed its travel advice for Tunisia yesterday after the attack to "exercise extreme caution".

The ambassador of Ireland accredited to Tunisia, David Cooney, met European counterparts in Tunis today about the aftermath of the atrocity.

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