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Sunday 17 December 2017

BOOKS of condolences for victims of the ill-fated Malaysian airlines flight that was struck down last Thursday have been opened in Dublin.

BOOKS of condolences for victims of the ill-fated Malaysian airlines flight that was struck down last Thursday have been opened in Dublin.

Two books were opened in the city to allow people express their sympathy for the 298 victims of the tragedy.

Dublin City Council opened one at City Hall on Dame Street yesterday. Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke was the first to sign the book.

"The loss of each life is itself an immeasurable loss in the lives of relatives and friends of the victims," said the Mr Burke.

"I will present the Book of Condolences to the Dutch ambassador to Ireland on behalf of the City of Dublin," he pledged.

A second condolences book was opened at the Dutch Embassy. It will be open for today also.

Flowers and other tributes were also presented at the Dutch Embassy yesterday in memory of those on board the flight, including Palmerstown native Edel Mahady.

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The Irish mother-of-two was returning to her Australian home after a holiday in Ireland to visit her sick mum when the plane was subject to the horror attack.

Dublin 8 resident Muriel Doran-Korayanidis told the Herald that the scale of the tragedy compelled her to stop into City Hall and add her name to the list of sympathisers.

Kieran Fitzgerald, a Tipperary native, signed the book with his wife Angela.

"It is unbelievable to try and come to terms with. It was a plane full of young families, probably honeymooners and people on their holidays. It's a huge waste of life, a travesty, and those responsible really have a lot to answer for," he told the Herald.

A third book will be opened at St Michan's Church on Church Street in Dublin 7 tomorrow, where it will remain until Sunday.

The book at city hall is open for people to sign between 9.30am and 5pm until tomorrow.

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