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Irish government offers support to find missing Everest climber

The Irish government will offer any support it can to help efforts to find a missing climber on Mount Everest, its deputy premier has said.Seamus Shay Lawless, from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell as he descended the peak on Thursday having just achieved a lifetime ambition of reaching the summit.Simon Coveney said he had spoken to Mr Lawless s wife Pamela several times over the weekend and had discussed how the authorities could help.Seamus Lawless s family have launched a fundraising campaign to help finance a search operation on Everest (screengrab of GoFundMe page/PA)The Trinity College professor s family have launched a fundraising campaign to help finance expensive search and recovery efforts.His relatives, who said Mr Lawless s insurers were not assisting in the search, have asked for the public s help to raise the money needed to gather a team of Sherpas to find him.A GoFundMe page set up by the family on Friday night with a target of raising 750,000 euro ( 660,000) had passed 215,000 euro in little over 36 hours.Mr Coveney said the authorities in Ireland would help in any way possible. I have spoken to Pamela his wife on a number of occasions over the last 24 hours, he told RTE on Sunday. She is a remarkable woman and she is going through a nightmare that many of us simply can t imagine. He added: We are willing to offer any support we can, either financial or organisational, she knows that. Mr Lawless s colleagues at Trinity College organised a vigil on Saturday evening.The climber was an assistant professor at the university s School of Computer Science.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[ GoogleAnalyticsObject ]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document, script , //www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js , ga ); ga( create , UA-72310761-1 , auto , { name : pacontentapi }); ga( pacontentapi.set , referrer , location.origin); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension1 , By David Young, Press Association ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension2 , d27d2d15-7e01-49b6-95bb-539162fc8a86 ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension3 , paservice:news,paservice:news:ireland,paservice:news:uk ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension6 , story ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension7 , composite ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension8 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension9 , null); ga( pacontentapi.send , pageview , { location : location.href, page : (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), title : Irish government offers support to find missing Everest climber });

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