I am deeply shocked to learn of the tragic news emerging from Berkeley California that a number of Irish Citizens have lost their lives and others have been injured in an incident earlier today.

For any family in Tipperary who are worried about loved ones who are on J1’s in Berkeley at this time please feel free to contact myself or the office on (0504) 22022 or the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade has activated its Emergency Response Helpline on (01) 418 0200.

My thoughts are with the family’s and friends of these young people at this sensitive time.