Dublin opens books of condolences to Japanese earthquake victims

Three of the four Dublin councils have opened books of condolences for the Japanese earthquake victims.

Dublin City Council’s book is open from 10am to 4pm at City Hall, Dame Street; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s book at County Hall, Dun Laoghaire, from 9am to 5pm; and South Dublin County Council’s book at County Hall, Tallaght, from 9am to 5pm.

The city council’s book of condolences is not open on Sunday, while Dun Laoghaire’s is only open weekdays. All the books will be open until next weekend.

South Dublin County Council has also enabled people to post messages of condolences via their website.

Dublin City’s lord mayor, Councillor Gerry Breen said: ”I wish to convey my heartfelt sympathy and my deepest condolences to the people of Japan whose lives have been shattered and to all the families that have tragically lost their loved ones in this catastrophic earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this very difficult time.”

Breen added: “As an expression of solidarity with the Japanese people, I am opening a Book of Condolence at City Hall on Friday, because I know that many people will want to leave a message of support for those so profoundly affected by the disaster.”

The Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Lettie McCarthy said, “Following a disaster such as this, I want to give people an opportunity to join with others in sending out a strong message of sympathy, solidarity and support to the people of Japan, with whom we have developed a great friendship over recent years.”

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