At a meeting today, following the tragic death of two Marshals at the Donegal International Rally on Friday, the Motorsport Commission concluded that safety procedures had been correctly followed during the event. It decided that what happened, whilst devastating in it's consequences, was an accident. The commission again extended it's deepest sympathies to the families and friends of George Clarke and Gerard McKenna.

The commission, the governing body of Irish motor racing, also confirmed that it is to inspect safety at all future events and will also investigate the crash as part of an overall review into rally safety, which will be completed by September.

Marshals George Clarke and Gerard McKenna, both 22, died when a car ploughed into spectators after jumping a humpback bridge during the. Three other men were injured, one seriously. The Shell-sponsored race, which attracts thousands of spectators, was then stopped and the remaining stages cancelled.

Filed by Johnny Proby