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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Irish in Hurricane Zone All Safe & Well

(Poster's Note: Brian Leighton went by the Irish Consulate room at the Astrodome. These are the Irish Consulate officers that are looking for any citizens from Ireland: Una Nidbhubhghaill 312-330-1459 Marie McNuttie 202-251-1019 Jay) ****************************************** Irish In Hurricane Zone All Safe And Well 2005-09-13 17:10:04+01 All Irish citizens missing in New Orleans since the devastating Hurricane Katrina ripped through the city have been found safe and well, it emerged today. Dermot Ahern, Minister for Foreign Affairs, revealed that around 50 people who had been unaccounted for over the last three weeks had been located. Consular officials in the United States told the minister that the final few had been tracked down in the last 24 hours. At the height of the search and rescue operations staff from the Chicago consul were busy trying to locate 50 or so Irish citizens. Up to the end of last week all tourists and students on J1 visas had been found. But three people, including a mother and daughter, who had been living in the Gulf state for almost 25 years remained missing since the disaster struck on August 29. They were finally located today. Speaking from New York where he is attending a United Nations summit, Mr Ahern thanked all those who had helped in the search for Irish citizens. "I would like to pay tribute to the very hard work and hours of the consular staff from Chicago," he said. "And in particular to the voluntary work of many Irish- Americans who in so many ways gave up their free time to help in the search for Irish people who had not been in contact and for whom at certain stages there was significant concern. "The Irish-American organisations and consular officials put in a significant effort to locate all of the missing Irish people. I know I speak on behalf of the families when I say well done and thanks very much. "And I hope in the near future to meet with the staff and some of the Irish organisations who put in so much work." Mr Ahern is due to meet with immigrant groups and Irish American organisations on Friday. It is hoped the minister will unveil extra funding to support the groups and their work with immigrants. ******************************************
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