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Irishman caught up in Nice massacre ‘no longer cause for concern'

The security presence in Nice. Picture by Ben Birchall, Press Association
Gareth McKeown

AN Irishman caught up in the Nice attack is "no longer a cause for concern".

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs had expressed "particular concerns" for the man, understood to be from Galway, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny described him as "critically injured in hospital".

But in an update over the weekend the department said: "Following intensive follow-up, the department is now satisfied that there is no longer cause for concern in that case."

Officials are still trying to make contact with a small number of Irish people but say there is no reason to believe they were caught up in the attack.

More than 60 inquiries expressing concern about Irish citizens were received on Thursday and Friday.

"The vast majority of those concerned have been accounted for and confirmed as safe and well."

Airlines have offered customers refunds on flights booked to Nice in the wake of the massacre.

In a statement, Aer Lingus said: "Due to the tragic events in Nice we are allowing guests who have flights booked to travel between Dublin and Nice on dates between the 16th and 29th July to change for free for a span of two weeks from the date of original booking or to request a full refund if preferred."

The Department of Foreign Affairs has warned Irish citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" in the city.

"Irish citizens throughout France should exercise a high degree of caution, and follow the instructions of local authorities. Airlines have shown flexibility in changing tickets and your airline should be your first point of contact in this regard," it said.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office also said there remains a "high threat from terrorism" in France and has warned the public to be "especially vigilant".

A national state of emergency in France has been extended until October 26.

A book of condolences for the Nice victims is due to open at Belfast City Hall today, while on Friday night the building was lit up in the colours of the French flag as a mark of solidarity.

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