British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Local Sinn Féin MP Piers Doherty said at the scene on Friday that a “massive explosion” could be heard for several kilometers around. As the village’s only supermarket, as well as being home to the post office and hairdressers, the station would only be very busy at the end of the school day.
Bernard Doherty, who lives nearby and knew all but one of the victims, told national broadcaster RTE that he and others began clearing the debris with tractors and trailers before the Irish coastguard and a specialist rescue team from neighboring Northern Ireland joined emergency services. at the scene. .
“The rubble was blown across the site all the way to the road. Everything was falling: from sheet metal to blocks, floor slabs, the contents of the workshop were lying,” he said, adding that one person was pulled out alive.
“About 20 seconds after landing on the stage, we knew what was coming.”