Editorial: Fallout from NZ disaster is felt here
THE impact of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand's second city, will be felt far beyond the island nation.
Ireland has always had a special affinity with the Kiwis and thousands of young Irish people have made New Zealand their home.
The earthquake was the second to hit Christchurch in five months and many Irish had found jobs in the reconstruction effort.
It left much of the city of almost 400,000 looking like a war zone with collapsed buildings and missing people.
New media, particularly Facebook, is playing a vital role as relatives try to ascertain if loved ones are safe.
The Christchurch disaster, with dozens confirmed dead, comes hard on the heels of the tragic Queensland floods. Once again, it will be an anxious time for Irish families whose sons and daughters are living and working in Christchurch.
Our sympathy and prayers go out to New Zealanders on one of the darkest days in their history.