Books of Condolence open for Carrickmines fire victims

Books of Condolence open for Carrickmines fire victims

Books of Condolence for the families and friends of the victims of the Carrickmines fire have been opened by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Investigators are continuing their efforts to establish the cause of the blaze, which claimed 10 lives.

Ten members of an extended family, including five children died at the weekend when a fire broke out at a halting site on the Glenamuck road.

A fund to help the families has been set up by the St Vincent de Paul charity.

Read: 'There’s going to be 10 funerals' - Public asked for donations after tragic Carrickmines fire

Margaret O’Leary from the Southside Travellers Action Group has been trying to help the families in their time of need.

"I don't think they'll ever come to terms with what's happened to them," she said.

She added: "There's 10 people dead, it's after affecting four different families.

"Will they ever get over it? I don't think so."

Bridget Quilligan from the Irish Traveller Movement said that the bereaved families are struggling with the scale of their loss.

"They are still in a state of shock and disbelief as you can imagine," she said.

"My colleagues in Southside Travellers [Action Group] have been working around the clock, as the Travellers' Counselling Service has, to try to support individuals.

"So it's really just accepting that their loved ones have been taken from them, and to try to get over the next few days, and try to ensure that people are given a peaceful burial."

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