A Book of Condolence in the Dublin Pro Cathedral on Saturday
Further to the return of the victims of the Berkeley tragedy.
Photo news agency editor Eamonn Farrell writes:
Subject to the request for privacy by family members of the J1 students who died in Berkeley, made through the offices of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan*, Photocall Ireland will not be covering the return of the bodies to Dublin Airport
This was not an easy decision as the story is one of huge public interest and there are timeswhen the public interest must take precedence over the personal grief of bereaved families.The Stardust disaster is a case in point.
However on the basis that there has already been massive media coverage of the Berkeley tragedy, with text and imagery readily available from American media sources, we have decided to abide by the families’ wishes.
*It is essential that the families of the victims of the Berkeley tragedy be given the space they need to grieve. I appeal for their privacy to be fully respected as they make the difficult journey home tomorrow [Monday].” Charlie Flanagan
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)