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Book of Condolences opens in Limerick for victims of flight MH17

Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan opens the Book of Condolences for the victims of flight MH 17

Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan opens the Book of Condolences for the victims of flight MH 17

 

A Bookk of Condolences has been opened by Limerick City and County Council in commemoration of the victims of flight MH17.

The Book of Condolences, opened last week, is available for members of the public to sign at City Hall, Merchants Quay and County Buildings, Dooradoyle.

Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan, who open the book, said that it was a very “tragic” occasion.

“Most people in every country now are frequent travellers by air and I am sure what has happened has made us all stop and think. We would also like very much to avail of the opportunity to express our sympathies to the families of the bereaved,” he said.

“What happened should not have happened, I hope that we do not have to do this interview ever again,” added Mr Sheahan.

A Book of Condolences has also been opened at the Dutch Embassy in Dublin, in solidarity with the victims of flight MH17.

An Irish mother of two, Edel Mahdy, originally from Palmerstown, was among the victims of the crash.

The Malaysian Airlines flight, from Holland to Kuala Lumpar had 298 passengers on board, all of which died in the tragedy.

Eighty of these passengers are thought to have been children.

The flight is reported to have been shot down by rebels in eastern Ukraine using a surface-to-air missile.

Another aviation disaster followed just days after MH17, when an Air Algeria flight crashed over the desert in Mali.

It is thought that the flight crashed due to adverse weather conditions.

It is reported that all 116 people on board the flight were killed.

Mr Sheahan said he feels it is important local representatives recognise international issues.

“We are all public representatives, we represent the people and there is certainly a mood amongst the people, of great sorrow, great sympathy at this time,” he added.

 

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