We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Burnt cars in the town of Mati Christoph Soeder/DPA/PA Images
deadly blazes

Irish people travelling to Greece urged to contact travel provider as wildfires continue to rage

Irish tourists already there are being urged to monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

IRISH PEOPLE DUE to travel to Greece are being urged to contact their travel company or accommodation provider, as the country deals with raging wildfires that have killed 60.

The fires have started in a number of different areas outside of Athens and in the Penteli area, north-east of the capital.

Greek authorities have rushed to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches in coastal areas.

In a statement, the Irish Travel Agents Association said it was working with the Department of Foreign Affairs to assess the situation.

Its CEO Pat Dawson said: “This particularly region isn’t a main destination for Irish tourists. People on holiday in this area are advised to monitor news reports and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities, their travel company or their accommodation providers.

Anyone due to travel imminently to the areas affected should speak to their travel company or accommodation provider.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, has said it is providing consular assistance to a number of individuals in Greece at the present time.

Strong winds are exacerbating the fires, with forecasters warning that conditions will remain challenging today.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that “all emergency forces have been mobilised” to battle fires along at least three fronts.

With reporting from AFP

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel