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Ireland government advises against Tunisia travel

The Irish government has joined the Foreign Office in warning travellers against visiting Tunisia.

Following consultations and consideration of the security situation in Tunisia, Irish citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia in light of increased security concerns.

We are encouraging any Irish visitors to Tunisia to review whether their presence in Tunisia is essential and, where it is not, we are advising them to leave by commercial means.

Any Irish citizens in Tunisia who are not yet registered with the Department but who plan to remain in Tunisia are advised to register without delay.

Bodies of balcony collapse students arrive in Dublin

Top L-R: Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, and Ashley Donohoe. Bottom L-R: Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, and Eoghan Culligan

The bodies of four of the five Irish students who died when a balcony collapsed at a party in California last week are being returned to Dublin today. The fifth will be returned soon after a joint funeral for and her American cousin.

Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, and Eoghan Culligan were all killed while celebrating a 21st birthday party in Berkeley.

Their families issued a statement of thanks to all those who supported them in the last week in the US and Ireland.

"As we leave Berkeley and return home to Ireland with our beloved sons and daughters, Eimear, Eoghan, Lorcan and Niccolai, we would like to thank everyone in America and Ireland for their sympathy and support, which has been a tremendous comfort to us at this tragic time," they said.

Hundreds gather in emotional tribute to Irish students

Hundreds of Irish students and friends and relatives of those killed or injured in a balcony collapse in the US have held an emotional candlelit vigil.

Women hold candles at the vigil in California. Credit: Reuters
Young men place candles on the ground. Credit: Reuters
Photos of the victims including Niccolai Schuster. Credit: Reuters
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