President Michael D. Higgins has, in a statement, expressed his profound sympathy to all those affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London.
“May I offer my heartfelt sympathy and that of the people of Ireland to the families of those who have lost their lives, as well as to those injured and affected by this dreadful tragedy.
Our thoughts are with all those who are grieving or suffering at this sad time.
I have asked to be kept informed as further details emerge.
I will be writing to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to convey the sympathy and support of the Irish people.”
At the time of writing, at least six people have been reported dead ans this figures in expected to rise. A total of 74 people have been treated in hospital and 20 are in a critical condition.
More than 200 firefighters were sent to tackle the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was reported just after 1.15am on this Wednesday.