Book of condolence to open as stunned city digests Buncrana Pier tragedy

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A book of condolence will be available to sign in the Guildhall over the coming days as Londonderry struggles to come to terms with the Buncrana pier tragedy.

The Mayor of the city, Elisha McCallion, said she’ll be opening the book in response to the tragic incident that claimed the lives of five people, including two children.

“This is a terrible tragedy that has affected the entire community in Derry and Donegal and left all of us numb. Who would have thought that a family day out could have ended so tragically, it is beyond belief and I can’t put into words how sorry I am for the family and those affected by this dreadful accident.

“As Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, I will be opening a Book of Condolence in the coming days so that the local community can express their sympathies and show their support for the wider community and family circle. This is a heart wrenching story that really captures the heart of every person and it’s important that we provide a forum for which people can express their condolences.

“I would also like to pay tribute to all the emergency services who attended the scene last night, it could not be easy dealing with such a harrowing incident. The thoughts and prayers of the whole community are with those affected by this tragedy and we offer our help and support over the coming days as they try to come to terms with what has happened,” she said.

Londonderry MP Mark Durkan said: “I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy.

“This has come as shocking news, not only to people in Derry, but to families and communities across the country.

“My initial thoughts are for the bereaved families and those who witnessed this dreadful tragedy – to whom I send my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences at this very sad time.

“The entire people of Derry will have them in their thoughts and prayers today.”

First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: “This is heartbreaking. A tragedy. My sincere sympathies to the family circle and the volunteers who tried their best.”