Tributes have been paid to Corpopral Gavin Carey, the 28 year old father of a three year old girl who drowned off Bundoran last week.
His body was recovered yesterday morning after a five day search.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Defence Forces Minister Paul Kehoe say they are deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and have expressed their sympathy to Corporal Carey's family and colleagues.
Captain John Forde from the Defence Forces Press Office knew him personally, and paid this tribute.....
Taoiseach's statement in full -
"On behalf of myself, as Taoiseach and Minister for Defence, and on behalf of all the citizens of the State I want to express my sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of Corporal Gavin Carey following his tragic death.
Gavin died as a serving member of the Defence Forces and I wish also to extend my sympathies to his colleagues from 2 Brigade Artillery Regiment, Custume Barracks, Athlone, at what is a very difficult time for them.
Gavin served his country with pride and in the unheralded manner he and all his colleagues go about their business. At the time of his death he was in the process of completing a training course prior to his scheduled deployment overseas, to Lebanon. A further reminder of the duties soldiers undertake on all our behalves."