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Tuesday 6 December 2016

GAA club raises funds for balcony fall survivor

Berkeley

A GAA club is raising money to help severely-injured Berkeley balcony collapse victim Jack Halpin.

Jack (21) was seriously hurt in the tragic accident that killed six young people and injured a further six in California.

The UCD student's club, St Jude's GAA, has launched the 'JudesforJack' website to help fund his recovery.

Jack has been hailed as a hero after saving the life of Clodagh Cogley (21) in the incident.

"Jack, among others of his friends, has sustained serious injuries which will involve periods of hospitalisation and recuperation and recovery," his club said.

Hope

"We hope this will be timely and completely successful and will allow Jack to return, fully restored, to the bosom of his family and his people."

Meanwhile, in the US evidence has surfaced that the balcony was sloping before the collapse (inset) - a clear indication of a potential structural problem.

An Irish student who attended the 21st birthday party on June 16, when the tragic accident happened, said the balcony had been sloping downwards.

That statement is contained in a detailed submission a San Francisco law firm acting for the parents of Ashley Donohoe (22), who died in the accident, have made to a probe into the disaster.

In other news from the US a third separate investigation - this one by the Constructors State License Board - into the incident has now been opened.

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