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Tánaiste offers condolences to the family of the late James Nolan

"It was with great sadness that I received confirmation from our Ambassador in Poland this evening that the remains located in Bydgoszcz earlier today are those of James Nolan, the young Irish football supporter who went missing last weekend while travelling between the Irish matches in Gdansk and Poznan. 

I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to James' parents, family and friends at this very difficult time.  Ambassador Hutchinson is remaining with the family members in Bydgoszcz and our Embassy in Warsaw and consular officials in Dublin will be providing all possible assistance so that James' remains can be returned to his family in Ireland as soon as possible.  

I wish to express my deepest thanks to the Polish authorities, in particular, the emergency services, search teams and the people of Bydgoszcz for all their efforts to find James. 

Throughout the Euro2012 championship Irish fans in Poland received a warm and generous welcome. But, in particular, the solidarity and support we have received since James was reported missing has been extraordinary and I am deeply grateful."