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Books of condolence opened in Dublin for Malaysia Airlines flight victims

Flowers and other tributes have been left outside the Dutch Embassy where one of the books was opened today.

Book of Condolence - air crash MH17. P ridgit Vreeken on holiday in Ireland from the Netherlands. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THREE BOOKS OF condolence have been opened in Dublin for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

The Dutch Embassy opened a book this morning for people to express their sympathy for the 298 people who lost their lives in the tragedy. It will remain open until tomorrow.

Dublin City Council said a book would be available to sign at City Hall on Dame Street from noon until 5pm and at the same times tomorrow and Wednesday.

Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

“The decision to open the book of condolences is an initiative of the city’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke who was contacted by many members of the public following the tragic loss of 298 lives on flight MH17,” the council said today.

It made reference to Edel Mahady, an Irish mother of two who was killed in the tragedy. She was originally from Palmerstown but had been living in Australia for a number of years. She was on her way back from a visit to Ireland when her plane was shot down in Ukranian airspace.

Book of Condolence - air crash MH17. P Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke writing in the book of condolences for the victims of the MH17 airliner. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall

Burke said today the book would allow the public to “express their feelings for the victims of this tragedy and to commiserate with their families”.

The loss of each life is itself an immeasurable loss in the lives of relatives and friends of the victims. I will present the book of condolences to the Dutch ambassador to Ireland on behalf of the City of Dublin.

St Michan’s Church on Church Street in Dublin 7 will also have a book for people to sign from Wednesday until Sunday this week from 10am until 4pm daily. The completed book will then be handed over to the appropriate authorities.

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