The heartbroken family of Dr Jane Deasy have been told that the young doctor's body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Air France plane which crashed in the Atlantic last month.
Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin today confirmed that the family has been notified.
"The family of Dr. Jane Deasy has been informed that her remains have been positively identified as among those found in the aftermath of the Air France flight AF447 crash. I reiterate my sincerest condolences to Dr. Deasy's family, and to all those who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy," he said.
Deasy was on vacation with friends and fellow doctors Aisling Butler, of Roscrea, County Tipperary and Eithne Walls, from Belfast.
Their flight home, Aer France Airbus A330 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared from radar screens shortly after taking off on May 31.
It is believed that the plane experienced numerous technical problems before crashing, though the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. All 228 passengers perished.
On June 6, rescuers discovered two bodies from the crash and other debris. To date, 51 bodies have been recovered. The Irish consulate in Recife is working with authorities in Brazil to arrange the transportation of Dr. Deasy’s remains back to Ireland.
The 27-year-old graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 and would have started her job at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin today.