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Sunday 20 August 2017

Irish ambassador in intensive care after fall on head

Gerard Corr
Gerard Corr

THE IRISH ambassador to Romania has been rushed to hospital after suffering a fall outside a restaurant in Bucharest.

It is understood that Ambassador Gerard Corr was leaving a restaurant in the Buzesti area of Bucharest when he fell on the pavement and hit his head.

Eye witnesses reported seeing an ambulance already passing by that stopped to immediately assist the ambassador.

Mr Corr is formerly an Irish representative to the United Nations and later became Irish ambassador to South Africa in 2003.

He has also served as deputy head to Ireland's mission at the UN in New York and then as Irish ambassador to Egypt from 2006 to 2010.

In 2009 he was part of a delegation of Irish diplomats that facilitated the release of two hostages who were abducted while working with GOAL in north Darfur, and were held for over three months. Sharon Commins (38) from Clontarf in North Dublin, and Ugandan Hilda Kuwuki (42) were captured by a gang of armed men at a compound in the region but were freed after tense negotiations.

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Mr Corr was then part of a major government reshuffle of ambassadors which saw him appointed as ambassador to Romania, including the Republic of Macedonia and Moldova in late 2013.

Mr Corr was rushed to Floreasca Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, where he was treated for "severe head trauma".

Mediafax news agency reported Corr fell at lunchtime as he left a restaurant and was transported to a nearby hospital.

A doctor in the intensive therapy section of the hospital said she could not provide further details on Corr's condition because the embassy had requested patient confidentiality but it is understood that he is in intensive care.

The embassy is closed until next week and could not be reached for comment. The Department of Foreign Affairs told the Herald that Mr Corr had been taken to hospital and was undergoing treatment.

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