30/03/2016

Minister Flanagan To 'Carefully Consider' Findings Of Berkley Collapse Investigation

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to "carefully consider" the findings of the District Attorney’s investigation into the Berkley collapse.

Commenting on the publication of the report, Minister Charlie Flanagan, said: "My thoughts today are first and foremost with the families and friends of the six young people who tragically lost their lives in Berkeley last June.

"My Department will carefully consider the details of the District Attorney’s findings. While the District Attorney’s investigation did not find sufficient proof to take separate criminal proceedings, it has shone a vital light on the circumstances and factors that contributed directly and indirectly to the collapse of the balcony. This investigation is an important step in a process, the ultimate objective of which is to ensure that a tragedy such as Berkeley never occurs again.

"My Department remains in close contact with the families and will continue, including through our Consulate General in San Francisco, to offer them our full support and assistance."

(MH)

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