Buncrana councillors told of need for strategy to deal with tragedy

Buncrana Town Council has been told that a plan for responding to tragedy needs to be established in the town and across the Inishowen Peninsula.

The proposal has been made by the group BCCS, which says a coordinated response from agencies including the HSE and the emergency services. However, the group is saying it would like the model to be developed locally, with Inishowen Development Partnership looking at how that can be achieved.

Chairperson Breda Friel says local leadership is vital...........

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In the immediate aftermath of the July 11th crash, BCCS organised drop in services and dropped leaflets in Buncrana and further afield. Now, the group says five people are needed to work with the bereaved families.

The group said it could take up to 18 months to see a HSE bereavement counsellor, and that's unacceptable.

BCCS Spokesperson Denise Gallinagh Wood says help must be made available to the families immediately...........

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