The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has praised the work of the Northern Ireland Emergency Services who responded to the tragedy at Creeslough in County Donegal earlier this month.
Chris Heaton-Harris, along with Health Minister Robin Swann, met representatives of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Fire and Rescue Service during a visit to Derry on Thursday.
Mr Heaton-Harris said: “My thoughts are with all those directly affected by the tragic events at Creeslough and the families of the victims. Across all of these islands, we have all been deeply moved by the resolve and unity of the Creeslough community during an extremely difficult time.
“I would like to pay tribute to all the emergency responders, including the teams in Northern Ireland who assisted their colleagues in Donegal with great professionalism and selflessness. Such essential cross-border cooperation is to be welcomed. at a time when we urgently need it, and I know it has been greatly appreciated by the authorities and the Irish public.
‘It was humbling to meet some of the North West paramedics and firefighters involved in the rescue operation in Creeslough, hear first hand about their experiences and learn more about the lifesaving that they provided. On behalf of the British Government, I would like to thank them for their dedication and bravery. »
Ten people lost their lives in an explosion at a petrol station in the small Irish village of Creeslough on October 7.
NI Emergency Services sent aid and personnel across the border to North Donegal to help victims and the aftermath of the deadly blast.
An Garda Síochána (the Irish Police Service) believe this was caused by an accidental gas leak in a nearby apartment.
Oil and gas explosion experts were called in this week to investigate the cause, but no further details have yet been released.