Book of condolence opened for Berkeley victims

Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Arder Carson sings the book of condolence yesyerday at Belfast City Hall .Picture hugh Russell.

TRIBUTES directly from the people of Belfast will be passed to the families of the those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse via a Book of Condolence which was opened at city hall yesterday.

US Consul-General Greg Burton and Sinn Féin Lord Mayor Arder Carson were the first to sign the book place in the main entrance hall for the six Irish students killed in California a week ago.

The final remains to be repatriated - those of Olivia Burke - were flown back to Ireland yesterday.

The bodies of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh, returned to Ireland on Sunday, while the sixth victim, Ashley Donohoe, a joint Irish-US citizen, was buried in California on Saturday.

Ms Donohoe was a cousin of Olivia Burke and a joint funeral was held in Sonoma.

The book will be available for signing in the City Hall during normal business hours every day this week.

The funerals are to begin in Dublin tomorrow of the remaining four victims.

The conditions of tConor Flynn and Jack Halpin, also injured in the balcony collapse, have improved.

Investigations are continuing into why the fourth-floor balcony collapsed. Engineers have said water damage could have caused the structure to give way.

There were 13 people were on the balcony when it collapsed.


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