Counselling offered to Carrickmines fire victims

Counselling offered to Carrickmines fire victims

Counselling is being offered to the survivors of the Carrickmines halting site fire.

Two infants, three children and five adults all lost their lives in the blaze in south county Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning. Those missing and feared dead are Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Jim, Christy and Mary; Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their children Kelsey and Jodie, and relative Jimmy Lynch, aged 39.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire.

The National Educational Psychological Service is liasing with staff the Kilternan Educate Together School where some of the deceased children were pupils.

They will be on hand to offer support to their teachers and classmates today.

Director of the counselling service for travellers Thomas McCann said the reality of the tragedy has yet to sink in.

"People are in shock...both the family itself and the wider travelling and settled community. The realisation and reality of what has happened is only beginning to seep in. Shock and numbness is the response," he said.

Counselling offered to Carrickmines fire victims

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach said flags at Government Buildings would be flown at half mast during the funerals of the victims of the fire.

Enda Kenny visited the scene at the weekend, where he paid tribute to the victims.

Books of condolence have been opened at a number of places, including the Mansion House.

Image courtesy of the Sunday Independent.
Image courtesy of the Sunday Independent.

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