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Irish President Michael D Higgins shares 'grief of people of Ireland' in wake of Greenvale Hotel tragedy

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has offered his condolences to the families and victims of those caught up in the Greenvale Hotel St Patrick's tragedy.

Three teenagers Lauren Bullock, 17, Connor Currie, 16, and Morgan Barnard, 17, from Dungannon in Co Tyrone, died in the incident at the hotel.

It's thought there may have been a crush at the entrance as large numbers of people descended on the Co Tyrone venue.

Police said it appeared that people had fallen and then been fatally injured, but are still investigating the cause.

Several hundred people were trying to get into the venue, Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, after being dropped off by buses shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday.

On Monday evening, Mr Higgins said: "As President of Ireland may I express what I know is the shared grief of the people of Ireland at the terrible loss of life of young students in the tragedy that took place in Cookstown, County Tyrone on St Patrick’s Day.

"May I offer, in particular, my condolences to the families of the victims and to the pupils of the schools in Dungannon that I visited recently.”

Police have set up a major investigation team with specialist detectives involved. They are appealing for anyone with film footage to urgently get in touch.

A dedicated room at the Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown has also been established for witnesses. It will be open from 10am on Tuesday.

Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said: “I can understand that there may be some reluctance to come and speak to police if you are underage, but please do not be concerned. We are investigating the deaths of three young people – that is our focus.

“If you have video footage on your phone I would ask that you please bring it with you, as we have the ability to download it. This footage could prove vital to our investigation."

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.
Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

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