Politicians led tributes following the atrocity
Angus Brendan MacNeil
MP said: ‘ We are all simply heartbroken and thankful for the kind thoughts of so many people across the islands and beyond.
‘I can’t begin to imagine how awful it is for Eilidh’s parents.
‘This will live with them forever. It’s difficult to comprehend how anyone could have carried out an act like this.’
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP
Alasdair Allan said: ‘The island of Barra has had to face an unimaginable tragedy today, as news is confirmed that Eilidh MacLeod died as a result of the appalling crime in Manchester.
‘I cannot begin to imagine the devastating consequences this will have for her family, and can only offer my condolences, which I know will be joined by expressions of sympathy from Manchester and from around the world. The news comes as Eilidh’s friend Laura Macintyre is in hospital in Manchester.
‘Anyone who knows Barra, will have some idea of the kind of impact this is going to have on a small island community.
‘I know people will be keeping both families in their thoughts and prayers.’
The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor
Norman A MacDonald, on behalf of the comhairle and the communities of the Outer Hebrides expressed condolences to the family of Eilidh Macleod.
Mr MacDonald said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Laura and Eilidh, and with all those affected. The comhairle, working with other partners, is putting in place the necessary support arrangements for pupils and staff, and we will continue to do everything that we can to assist during this very difficult time for all concerned.
‘ We share the feelings of all those who grieve and who are suffering as the impact of this atrocity continues to be felt.’ In a letter to Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Mr MacDonald wrote in part: ‘People throughout the Outer Hebrides were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the terrible event in Manchester on the evening of Monday May 22, 2017.
‘Needless to say, our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of all those affected and we can only hope the others who were injured make a full recovery.
‘Communities in the Hebrides stand in solidarity with you and our thoughts will be with you all during the challenging times ahead.’