Ministers Ross and Griffin offer condolences to family of Irish football fan killed in Copenhagen

Monday 19 November 2018

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross, TD, and the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Mr Brendan Griffin, TD, have today offered their deepest condolences to the family of an Irish man who passed away in Copenhagen on Sunday morning.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the family of an individual in Copenhagen. It is understood that the 30-year-old individual taken from the water in the Havnegade area of the Danish capital had travelled to Denmark to attend tonight’s UEFA Nations League fixture against the Republic of Ireland in Aarhus.

Minister Ross said: “It is terribly sad news to hear of the tragic death of an Irish football supporter in Copenhagen this weekend. My thoughts are with the man’s family at this dreadful time. Ireland’s football fans have always represented the country so well on their travels and the last thing anyone ever wants to receive is terrible news of something awful like this. It puts sport into perspective.”

Minister Griffin added: "I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the supporter who tragically lost his life over the weekend. Travelling to support your country in any sport is supposed to be a joyous occasion. It really is desperately sad to learn that somebody who made the journey to support their national team will not be returning home afterwards." 

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