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Topic of the Day - Polish President killed in Russia Plane Crash

Monday, 12 April 2010

Poland is continuing to mourn the death of President Lech Kaczynski who died in a plane crash near the Russian city of Smolensk on Saturday. Thousands gathered yesterday along the route of the motorcade that carried the coffin from the military airport yesterday. Mourners are expected to queue at the palace to pay their respects to the president. The body of his wife Maria was identified this morning along with a number of senior officials. Relatives of the other 95 people on board have flown to Moscow and it could be several days before all the bodies are repatriated to Poland.

No decision has been taken yet on the date for a funeral. President Mary McAleese attended a special mass in Dublin yesterday, which was organised by the Polish community in Ireland. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to Mr Kaczynski's political life. Polish Ambassador to Ireland Tadeusz Szumowski has opened a book of condolence at the Polish Embassy in Dublin. It is available today, tomorrow and Wednesday from 10am until 8pm. The embassy is at 12 Ailesbury Road in Ballsbridge


On the afternoon Show today, we're joined by Tony Connolly, RTE Europe Correspondent, who was in Poland yesterday.

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