The Taoiseach says the Irish man who died in a plane crash in Ethiopia was doing ‘life-saving work’.
Michael Ryan – a father of two from Co. Clare – was among the 157 victims from the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi in Kenya, which came down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa.
He’d been working as an engineer with the UN Food Programme – and President Michael D Higgins has expressed his “deepest sympathies” to Michael’s family.
The cause of the crash hasn’t been established yet.
Beijing has told Chinese companies to temporarily ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes – the same model involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
In October, a Lion Air plane of the same model came down in Indonesia.