We are still in shock at the scale of the tragedy that has happened this morning, which is one of the most appalling fire related tragedies in recent memory. I again want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and community who have suffered such a devastating and horrific tragedy. Our thoughts are with them and those who have been injured.
Our Fire Service received a 999 call at 4.24 am this morning and the first appliance from Dun Laoghaire fire station was in attendance at 4.34 am, and found a well-developed fire. Six fire brigade units and a number of ambulances attended the scene.
Our Garda and Emergency services responded to this incident in the professional manner we have come to expect and rely on them to do. I want to acknowledge the work that has been undertaken so far in response to this awful fire.
When the fire is over, the investigative work of An Garda Síochána continues under the guidance of the Coroner , who has statutory responsibility to determine the circumstances of this tragedy which has resulted in the appalling deaths of so many from the same family.
The focus of emergency services activity is switched now to Tallaght hospital where additional facilities have been established to enable the state pathologist to conduct post-mortem examinations over the coming days.
I want to acknowledge that additional pastoral care facilities are being provided to support the relatives of the deceased. The Travelling communities own representative groups have been liaising with the local services to assist in any way they can. The Civil Defence service is assisting the co-ordinated effort to deal with the aftermath of this terrible situation.
At national level, my own Department’s co-ordination arrangements have been activated to liaise with and support the local response. As Minister with responsibility for Community, my Department will be supporting the Traveller Community, in whatever way it can, over the coming very difficult days.