Tour operator agrees to out-of-court settlement following Tunisian terror attack that killed three Irish tourists

A settlement has been reached between tour operator TUI and more than 80 claimants who sued the holiday company after 38 tourists, including three Irish holidaymakers, were killed after a terrorist opened fire on the beach of a luxury hotel in Tunisia. coast in 2015.

Thai couple Martina and Laurence Hayes and County Meath nurse Lorna Carty were killed when extremist Isil Seifeddine Rezgui, a 22-year-old electrical engineering student, killed the tourists and injured 39 during a attack on the five-star hotel complex Riu Imperial Marhaba on the coast of Sousse on June 26, 2015.

Ms Carty’s husband, Declan, previously explained to RTE’s The Late Late Show how the idyllic setting ‘turned from resort to war zone’.


Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, where she was on holiday

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, where she was on holiday

The plaintiffs – including survivors of the attack and their bereaved families – have claimed that TUI UK was responsible for the hotel’s safety and security breaches, which the company has denied.

A trial over the liability issues was due to take place in the UK High Court next month, but TUI and Irwin Mitchell, the UK law firm representing more than 80 claimants, today issued a joint statement saying that they had reached a “no admission” settlement. liability or fault”, ending the legal action.

Neither TUI nor Irwin Mitchell would confirm whether the families of the Irish victims are included in the settlement.

They issued the following statement: “The tragic events of June 26, 2015 in Tunisia shocked and devastated us all and changed the lives of those affected forever.

“TUI has always expressed its sincere condolences to the families and friends of those caught up in the terrorist attack that day and continues to express its deepest sympathy.

“The claimants fought tirelessly to understand how the attack happened and to seek to ensure that lessons were learned so that other families were not affected by a similar tragedy.

“TUI has worked with the claimants and their representatives Irwin Mitchell, to reach a settlement without admission of liability or wrongdoing and in recognition of the highly exceptional circumstances of the case, and in the hope that this will contribute to assist applicants.

“TUI understands how difficult it must be to move on after such a horrific incident, but hopes today will provide an opportunity for those affected to start doing so.”