Karen Buckley's family 'inundated today with messages of sympathy'
THE family of Karen Buckley (24) were inundated today with messages of sympathy and support from across Ireland and the UK.
Tanaiste Joan Burton said the thoughts and prayers of the entire Irish people were with her parents, John (62) and Marion (61) Buckley.
Cork East TD and Development Minister Sean Sherlock said everyone was "deeply upset" by the news from Glasgow after a mammoth four day search for the missing student.
"This is deeply upsetting news for the Buckley family and the entire community in Mallow and north Cork," he said.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Karen in Mournabbey, Cork, Glasgow and throughout the world.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said it was heartbreaking news for the Buckley family - and he thanked the Scottish authorities for their work to date.
“On behalf of the Government, I wish to express appreciation for all that has been done by the Scottish authorities, and especially Police Scotland in Glasgow, to find Karen and to support the Buckley family throughout this very difficult time.”
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said everyone had sympathy for the plight of the Buckley family.
She expressed her personal condolences and vowed that Scotland would continue to do whatever was possible to support the family.
Mourneabbey parish priest, Fr Joe O'Keeffe, admitted his community was "devastated" by the news.
"We will now do everything we can as a community and as a parish to support and show solidarity for the Buckley family at this most difficult time."
Karen's former college also expressed their shock at the tragic developments.
"The University of Limerick and in particular the Department of Nursing and Midwifery have been deeply saddened by the disappearance of Karen Buckley, a UL Nursing Graduate and the tragic reports from Glasgow in relation to the search to find her," a UL spokesperson said.
"Karen was a very valued member of the UL community as well as the wider nursing and medical communities in Limerick, having spent time working in both the University Hospital Limerick and the University Maternity Hospital.""
"The thoughts of the entire UL community are with her parents and family and her wide circle of friends as well as her UL classmates and medical colleagues."