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Consular help for Irish displaced by wildfire 10.05.16

AN Irish Embassy official has travelled to the Canadian province of Alberta to assist people affected by the devastating wildfire in the city of Fort McMurray.
A passport officer from the Irish Embassy in Ottawa has set up a help-desk to run all this week at the Irish Sport and Social Society in the Alberta capital, Edmonton.
The city, located some five hours away from the disaster zone, has taken the majority of the 88,000 evacuees ordered to leave their homes last week as the 'apocalyptic' blaze destroyed everything in its path. Fort McMurray's oil industry was a magnet for Irish emigrants, including tradespeople, during the recession. Cooler temperatures, light rain and a change in wind direction are expected to help exhausted firefighters get a better grip on the sprawling fire this week. The following services and help-lines have been set up to for displaced Irish in Alberta: Irish Embassy and/or Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Edmonton: +1 (780) 458-0810; Wildfire Emergency Assistance Line: +1 (613) 293-6071 until further notice; Irish passport officer, Siobhan Doran, will operate a helpdesk at the Irish Sport and Social Society, 12546 126 St NW., Edmonton (780) 543-2249 from May 9 - May 13, between 4pm and 8pm daily. Irish Sport and Social Society president, Martin Doyle, offering assistance at 587-337-8737.
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