McFaul family 'delighted' at release

Thu, Jan 17, 2013, 00:00

The family of the Irishman who was freed today after being kidnapped in Algeria, have expressed their joy at the news.

The father of Stephen McFaul (36) from Andersonstown, Belfast told Sky News that he was “most delighted” to hear of his son’s release.

Christopher McFaul described the last 48 hours as “hell” but said the family had been “very strong”. Stephen McFaul was an electrical engineer who had worked across west Africa for over a decade.

His son was an electrical engineer and was a supervisor on the oil fields who had worked across west Africa for over a decade, he said.

"I’m delighted, thrilled to bits, sorry for other people that are still there, but we’re very happy, over the moon” Marie McFaul told UTV.

Stephen McFaul’s son Dylan (13) said he “can’t wait” for his father to get home and he would tell him he is “never going back there”.

His sister Donna McBride said: “We are absolutely delighted that he is free and is unharmed. She said her brother was currently with officials in Algeria in a debriefing
exercise. “He is a very kind person. He would do a lot for anybody, he would do anything for anyone," she said.

“I feel so sorry for the rest of the families who have lost loved ones and others who are missing,” she said.

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