National day of mourning takes place tomorrow

Thursday 13 September 2001 20.17

Tomorrow's National Day of Mourning will see schools and businesses close across the country. There will also be a limited public transport service.

Three minutes silence will be observed at 11am (Irish time) throughout the European Union as a mark of respect.

The Government has asked that people attend, where possible, one of the services being organised tomorrow as part of the National Day of Mourning for victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States. People are advised to contact their local place of worship for details of services being organised in their community.

The web sites of the main churches contain details of services being offered. The Catholic Communications Office has set up a special webpage to provide information on Diocesan Church Ceremonies scheduled for the National Day of Mourning. The webpage is available at www.catholiccommunications.ie/news and will be updated regularly as additional information becomes available.

The Irish Times have confirmed they will not be publishing a newspaper tomorrow. The Irish Independent intend to publish. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces has asked that a memorial service be held in every military barracks in the Republic tomorrow.

Aer Rianta's three airports at Dublin, Shannon and Cork will mark tomorrow's National day of mourning for the victims of the appalling attacks in the United States of America, which have resulted in such horrific loss of life. All retail and commercial outlets at the airports will close but catering facilities will remain open to facilitate the travelling public.

The airports will remain operational to accommodate inbound and outbound passengers. However, a three-minute silence will be observed at each Airport at 11 am in line with the National Day of Mourning arrangements.

Representatives of the country's fire fighters will lay a wreath at the US Embassy in Dublin at 3pm tommorrow to honour their colleagues who died or are missing in New York and Washington.

The National Fire Brigade Committee has also opened a disaster fund for the families of their colleagues who have been killed or injured in the attacks. The account is based at the AIB branch at Dame Street in Dublin, sort code 93-20-86. The account number is 112 111 67.

The Vintners Federation of Ireland has confirmed that it is recommending all its 6,000 members outside the Dublin area, to close business all day tomorrow as a mark of respect for all victims of the terorist attack in the USA.