Tributes are being paid to Irish-Israeli woman Kim Damti, killed during a Hamas attack at a music festival in Israel.
Her family who are based in Co. Laois, confirmed last night that the 22 year old who had been unaccounted for, had died in the assault.
The Taoiseach's described her death as 'senseless and barbaric', while the Tanaiste says he spoke with Kim's family last night and passed on condolences from the people of Ireland.
"When news reached us over the weekend that an Irish citizen was one of the many hundreds missing after the repugnant terrorist attack by Hamas in Israel, we hoped against hope that she would be found safely," he said.
"The news that this hope has now been extinguished is devastating. Anyone looking at the photo of Kim in the media over the last few days will have been struck by the radiance and energy in her expression; a young 22-year-old woman with a whole life ahead of her, full of promise.
"For anyone to lose a child is devastating. To lose a child in such circumstances is indescribable. On my behalf and on behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I convey our heartfelt condolences to Kim’s family in Ireland and in Israel."