Tunisia Terror Attack Inquest Returns Unlawful Killing Verdict
The jurors in the inquest into the death of three Irish people in the Tunisia terror attack have returned a verdict of unlawful killings.
They have recommended that the Department of Foreign Affairs promote its app more, so people are aware of the risks when they travel.
Following the verdict, the solicitor for the families of the three Irish people who died said there are no words to express their pain, sadness and anger:
Solicitor for the families of those killed in Tunisia terror attack says there are no words to express their pain, sadness and anger. Three Irish people died in the attack. pic.twitter.com/FHKGAz7izg— Stephanie Grogan (@StephGrogan3) February 21, 2018
The inquest which got underway this morning has heard about the panic and chaos at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel on the day of this terrorist attack in June 2015.
A 23-year-old Tunisian student – described as a member of Islamic State – pulled out a Kalashnikov assault rifle from under a parasol and started shooting at tourists at the hotel complex.
People barricaded themselves into hotel rooms and offices to try and escape his 20 minute rampage.
Among the victims were Martina and Larry Hayes from Athlone and Lorna Carty from Meath.
All three victims were in their 50s and had been enjoying the last day of their holidays on the beach before they were shot dead.
Earlier Lorna Carty’s husband Declan told the court he thought he was going to die when he heard gunfire break out at a hotel complex in Sousse.
The Hayes had gone there to celebrate a wedding anniversary while Lorna had gone with her husband Declan who was recovering from a heart attack.
It was the last day of their holiday the coroners court heard - and Lorna had gone down to the beach while Declan was still in bed in the Imperial Marhaba hotel.
He described hearing what sounded like fireworks going off but soon realised it was gunfire.
Declan looked out of his window and saw people screeching and running and he tried to ring his wife but couldn't get through.
A staff member wouldn't let him get into the lift to go downstairs so Declan and around eight people went into his hotel room for safety.
Declan said I didn' know if there was one gunman or ten.
'I thought I was going to die.
When the gunfire stopped, he left the hotel and went outside where he saw bodies covered with towels.
He found his wife body on a sunbed with a gunshot wound to her chest.