The Irish victim of today’s Ethiopian Airlines crash has been named as United Nations aid worker Michael Ryan originally from Lahinch in County Clare.
Mr Ryan was global deputy chief engineer at the United Nations World Food Programme at the Kutupalong camp for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and was on a work trip in Ethiopia at the time.
A spokesman for the World Food Programme said: “I can very, very sadly confirm that Michael Ryan worked for WFP and was based at our headquarters in Rome and was among those killed on ET 302.
“All of WFP’s thoughts and condolences are with the families of those killed.”
Clare councillor for Fine Gael Martin Conway reacted to the news this evening via his Twitter account, posting: “Deeply saddened at news of the death of Michael Ryan from Lahinch one of the 157 on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane. Michael worked with the UN on the World Food Programme helping the most vulnerable people on our planet. My thoughts and prayers are with his family”.
The Irish Embassy in Kenya earlier Tweeted that their “thoughts and condolences are with the families and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives.”
Irish Charge d’affairs Lisa Doherty described the news as “desperately sad”, while former Irish Ambassador, Doctor Vincent O’Neill, also sent his condolences.