Minister believes two more Irish have died in Tunisian attack
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was speaking this evening.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has confirmed the sad news that he believes that two more Irish citizens were victims of the Tunisian massacre.
Speaking on Newstalk, the Minister said: "I can now confirm that we have a very strong reason to believe that two additional Irish citizens have lost their lives in the terrorist attack at Sousse in Tunisia.
"The process of formal identification of victims is continuing in Tunis and it will take a period of time before it is completed."
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has released a statement
“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.
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.
Contact has been made with family members of those citizens for whom there is grave concern. 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. I appeal for their privacy to be respected and for sensitivity to be observed in the reporting of this tragic event.
As of now, the Irish Embassy team is not aware of any other cases of potential concern in relation to Irish citizens. We will continue to actively monitor the situation pending full identification of all those who have died and who have been injured.
My Department’s travel advice for Tunisia, which was changed yesterday in the light of the attack, is to exercise extreme caution. While the Tunisian authorities have declared this incident to be over, we would urge Irish citizens in Tunisia to remain vigilant and to follow any instructions given by the police, tour operator, and hotel staff.
Those wishing to contact my Department’s Consular Support service can continue to do so throughout the rest of the weekend by calling the Department’s main telephone line 01 4082000.
I have condemned in the strongest terms these terrorist attacks. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of all the deceased.
The Ambassador of Ireland accredited to Tunisia, David Cooney, also met EU counterparts in Tunis today to review the situation on the ground. The Embassy team will keep me and the government updated through the days ahead.
The names of the two Irish citizens have not yet been made public but if confirmed it would bring the Irish death toll to three after Lorna Carty from Meath was identified as one of the victims last night.
Thirty nine people have so far lost their lives because of the attack, with eight Britons dead, one German and one Belgian also confirmed among the victims.
More to follow...