President Higgins offers Ireland’s solidarty to Greece as death toll rises


President Michael D. Higgins has written to the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos to offer his sympathies on behalf of the people of Ireland following the events of the past 24 hours.

He spoke of the resilience of the Greek people, who need assistance and must be assisted by other EU countries in every way possible.

Wildfires have killed at least 74 people in the Mediterranean country since yesterday; 26 people died as they huddled together on a beach in Mati.

President Higgins said: “I have today written to the President of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, to express my sympathies with the families of those who lost their lives and livelihoods in the tragic fires in the Attica region.

“Following my visit to Greece and my meeting with him and the Presidents of Italy and Portugal, I am very conscious of the resilience of the Greek people, who should be assisted by all of us in these difficult times.

“In the letter to President Pavlopoulos I offered, on behalf of the people of Ireland, our deepest condolences and our solidarity.”

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