8 fly to Greece looking for political asylum; Greece ask for extradition

8 fly to Greece looking for political asylum; Greece ask for extradition

Update 12.30pm: There are reports that Turkey's government is considering reinstating the death penalty, following last night's violence.

Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2002 - but it had not been used as a form of punishment in the country since 1984.

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said if Turkey reintroduces the death penalty, the country will not be allowed to join the EU.

Update 12pm: Media reports that Turkey officials have asked Greece to extradite the eight coup plotters who fled across the border in a military helicopter.

British Airways has cancelled all flights into and out of Turkey for today.

Update 11.10am: Media reports state that a Turkish military helicopter has landed in Greece and eight men on board have requested political asylum.

Update 10.50am: 194 people are now confirmed to have died in an attempted coup military coup in Turkey.

Reports this morning are suggesting that the death toll may rise to 200 in the coming hours.

Update 9.15am: Tourists that may be planning to travel to Turkey have been told that they are welcome to change their plans.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “The Irish Travel Agents Association are monitoring the situation in Turkey in close partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

ITAA member agents are striving to keep customers informed and facilitate anyone who needs to change their travel plans”.

“For anyone with concerns about family or friends currently in Turkey, the Department of Foreign Affairs can be reached on, 01 418 0200.”

Earlier: Over 1,500 military personnel have been arrested after a failed coup in Turkey which has left at least 90 people dead.

Turkey's president has told the nation his government is in charge.

It is after a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire.

8 fly to Greece looking for political asylum; Greece ask for extradition

Officials say the coup failed as Turks took to the streets to confront troops.

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there will be consequences: “This is a riot, this is a betrayal of our country and they are going to pay for this.

“This government came to power with a mandate and a majority.”

Here in Ireland, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is calling for restraint and respect for democratic institutions in Turkey, following last evening's unrest.

He is urging Irish travellers to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey in the context of the unsettled and fluid situation.

Speaking from Ulaanbaatar where he is attending a Europe-Asia (ASEM) Summit, Minister Flanagan said: "My first concern is for the safety of Irish people travelling to Turkey and those who are already in Turkey. Many thousands of Irish people holiday there each year.

"Until we know the situation is calm, we are strongly advising Irish citizens planning to travel to Turkey avoid non-essential travel.

"The Irish embassy in Ankara is providing consular assistance on the ground in Turkey. Any citizens who have concerns can call our consular services on 01 408 2000.

"My department's updated travel advice for Turkey is available at www. dfa.ie/travel .

Updates will also be tweeted from @dfatIrl and @dfaTravelWise, and are also available through the department's free TravelWise smartphone app. "

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