Bodies of Carrickmines fire victims released to families

The long wait for the bodies of the Carrickmines fire victims to be released to their families ended yesterday afternoon after formal identification of their remains concluded.
Bodies of Carrickmines fire victims released to families

Funeral arrangements can now be made for all 10 who died in the blaze at the halting site on Glenamuck Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They were Thomas, 27, and Sylvia Connors, 25, and their three children, Jim, 5; Christy, 2, and baby Mary, five months, who lived on the site, and Willie Lynch, 25; his pregnant partner, Tara Gilbert, 27; their children, Jodie, 9, and Kelsey, 4; and Willie’s brother, Jimmy Lynch, 39 who were from the Fassaroe estate in Bray.

The two family groups are to be laid to rest in funerals in Bray, Co Wicklow and Co Wexford next week. But as the survivors of the tragedy prepared to bring their loved ones home, they remained in doubt about where home would be.

Discussions were held for a third day between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and residents of Rockville Drive in Carrickmines who have been blockading a site in their estate where the council planned to move the survivors into a temporary halt.

They argue the site is unsuitable for a variety of reasons, and they have concerns about anti-social behaviour and doubts that the move would be temporary. “We are continuing to work actively with the residents with a view to addressing the issues,” said the council.

Critics of the residents were not so restrained. On RTÉ radio equality minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said their actions were “outrageous” and Paul Murphy TD said the standoff revealed the “racism” in Irish society. Martin Collins of Pavee Point agreed. “No matter what way you look at it, inside out, upside down, dress it any way one wishes to dress it up but I think at the core of it, yes I would have to suggest it is racism.”

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