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Irish aid crash probe

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Three Irish women, all doctors who had graduated from Trinity College Dublin, were on the ill-fated plane.
Dr. Eithne Walls from Ballygowan, County Down, Aisling Butler from Roscrea, County Tipperary, and Jane Deasy of Dublin, who were all in her twenties, perished in the disaster.
The Garda victim-identification experts, one of who worked on the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, hope DNA and dental records will allow them to repatriate the remains of the three Irish women and also to aid in the identification of five British people lost in the crash.
Justice minister Dermot Ahern said that while no words could comfort the grieving families, the recovery of the remains of their loved ones remains would help bring a small measure of closure.
A detective inspector and detective sergeant from the Garda Technical Bureau were sent to the scene of the recovery operation at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the family of one of the Aer Lingus workers aboard the missing Air France Flight 447 have traveled to Dublin to collect their loved one’s belongings.
Arnold Gergyl from Slovakia (33) and another man from Estonia, aged in his 20s, but whose identity has been withheld for now at the request of his family died in the crash.
Gergyl came from the village of Ibelfke Ulang in southern Slovakia. He was single and had no children.
Gergyl and his Estonian colleague were aircraft loading staff who worked in the baggage halls in Dublin Airport.
According to an Irish Independent report, they had recently taken redundancy packages as part of a restructuring plan at Aer Lingus airline and were to come back to work under less favorable conditions.
They took a holiday to Brazil between jobs and, the report added, it was understood that they had a choice of different flights and ended up on AF447 flight by chance.

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