Latvia still awaiting Irish aid

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The Irish government has yet to officially offer any assistance to Latvia in relation to the shopping centre disaster last week in which 54 people perished.

Latvian president Andris Berzins described the tragedy as “mass murder” earlier this week, after the roof caved in on a shopping centre in the capital Riga last Thursday.

Foreign aid offers have come in across the continent from “Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Belarus, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., and by an international institution – the Nordic Council of Ministers,” according to the Latvian embassy in Dublin.

The Latvian foreign minister believes that “although a decision on engaging a foreign expert lies within the competence of the prosecuting authority, a step like that could help raise public confidence and promote transparency in establishing truth about the tragedy.”

A book of condolence will be opened for signing again today at the embassy of the Republic of Latvia, 92 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 between 14:00-16:00.

Although Ireland are yet to provide aid to the Baltic state, the Irish Government has sent a team of experts to the Philippines to assess how we can assist there.

Simon Maguire

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