The families of the victims who died in a tragic accident in Donegal say they are devastated by the tragic events of last night.
Sean McGrotty, his sons Mark aged 12, and Evan aged 8, his mother in law Ruth Daniels and her daughter Jodie Lee – who was 14 – died when their car went into the water off Buncrana pier.. A baby was rescued from the car by a passerby.
In a statement issued by Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney on behalf of the Daniels and McGrotty families – they say they have been inundated with support and sympathy from the local community and further afield and that it is deeply appreciated.
But they are appealing for privacy to grieve their loved ones.
Meanwhile, the President Michael D. Higgins has offered his sympathies to the families.