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Minister Martin to remember the victims of the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., will today represent the Government at a ceremony in Ahakista in Co. Cork commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Air India bombing disaster.

Also attending today’s ceremony will be Minister Salman Khurshid, representing the Government of India; Minister Jason Kenny, representing the Government of Canada; members of Cork County Council and representatives of the families of the victims.

The bombing of Air India flight 182, as it flew towards the coast of Ireland on its planned journey from Montreal to London on the early morning of 23 June 1985, led to the deaths of all 307 passengers and 22 crew on board, making it one of the worst aviation disasters in history. Most of the victims were naturalised citizens of Canada of Indian birth or descent who were en-route to India to visit their friends and families.

It was at 8:23am, 180 miles south-west of Ahakista that the bomb on board flight 182 exploded and the tragedy has been commemorated annually on this date since then. Engraved on Ken Thompson’s sun-dial memorial to the victims, erected in 1986, are the words “time flies, suns rise and shadows fall; let it pass by, love reigns forever overall”.