Saturday 22 October 2016

Families endure difficult wait for remains of their loved ones to be released

Lorna Carty
Lorna Carty
Gun victims: Larry and Martina Hayes from Athlone

The family of Tunisia terror victim Lorna Carty hope that her body will be brought home today.

The mum-of-two from Robinstown in Co Meath was gunned down in the horror attacks on Friday that saw 38 people murdered at a resort.

She had been holidaying with her husband Declan.

Meath Fine Gael TD Ray Butler, a friend of the Carty family, said both Declan and his son Simon – an inter-county footballer

who flew to the resort after the tragedy to support his devastated father – have been working tirelessly to get several outstanding issues resolved.

“The family are hoping so much that Lorna’s remains will be back home tomorrow – but it’s by no means guaranteed,” said Mr Butler speaking last night.

“They’re just waiting on the Tunisian officials to give the green light.”

The family of Athlone couple Larry (56) and Martina Hayes (55) still do not know when their bodies will be back home.

Mr Hayes’ brother Michael said a range of strict formalities had to be met before they will be released by the Tunisian authorities.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night described the terror attack as “appalling” and said the actions of any possible terrorists were constantly monitored here.

“My sympathies and the sympathies of everybody go to the families of the three Irish people who lost their lives there,” he said.

“This is an act of terrorism and racism.

“That people from all over the world would go to a country to enjoy holidays, enjoy the sunshine, and have havoc and tragedy wreaked upon them by fundamentalists, is just appalling.”

Mr Kenny said the Government would do everything to bring consolation, understanding and support to the families of the victims.

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