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Davitt Walsh issues statement amid Buncrana pier tragedy controversy

Donegal man asks for privacy at this time

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Davitt Walsh issues statement amid Buncrana pier tragedy controversy

Davitt Walsh

The Donegal man who heroically saved a baby girl during the Buncrana pier tragedy has taken to social media to ask for privacy at this time.

Davitt Walsh posted a statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday following the furore over the legal action being taken by his former partner, Stephanie Knox.

Stephanie Knox said she has received a number of abusive messages after reports emerged of her lodging a damages claim over the tragedy in March 2016 which claimed the lives of five members of the one family.

Davitt Walsh, in his Facebook post, also distanced himself from comments that were attributed to him in the media.

His post reads:

“I wish to make a public statement.
Firstly I have the utmost respect for Stephanie Knox, Stephanie has suffered extreme trauma since the tragic events of that horrible day in Buncrana.
Secondly I have not given an interview to ANY newspaper or media source. I have been wrongly misquoted, I strongly refute anything that has been printed in my name.
I have moved on with my life since that day, in the best way that I can.
Please respect my privacy.”

See also: Woman who helped at Buncrana pier tragedy says she did not realise legal letter would be sent to the family of victims