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The Union of Students in Ireland is shocked and devastated at news of a serious incident in Berkeley, California, resulting the apparent deaths of Irish students.

Initial reports say that a balcony collapse has killed six people and injured seven – and that at least some of the deceased are Irish students.

Laura Harmon, USI President, said:

“The thoughts of the whole student movement are today with the families and friends of those students caught up in this terrible event. Like the classmates and loved ones of those involved, we await further information from the authorities.

Every year thousands of students travel the world to broaden their horizons and learn from other peoples. We urge students overseas to take care today wherever they are, and to the time to phone home and check in.”

Consular Advice Telephone (Department of Foreign Affairs) +353 1 418 0200.

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