Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD has issued a statement following the death of 6-year-old Matthew Healy last Friday.
Matthew, who attended primary school in Faithlegg National School was found in the back of a car in the Rathmoylan area of Dunmore East in the early hours of Friday morning.
A woman in her 30s continues to be detained by Gardaí in connection with the investigation.
Commenting on the tragedy, Minister Foley said:
“I'd like to extend my very sincere sympathy to the family of Matthew Healy and the wider community of Waterford, and of course the school community.
I know Matthew was a much loved and treasured member of the school community and will be greatly greatly missed by his fellow pupils, by the staff, board of management and everyone within the school community.
And I'd like to confirm too that our NEPS ( National Educational Psychological Service) psychologists are engaging with the school and will be available to provide whatever support is required at this very sad and difficult time.“
A vigil took place last night in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford City with Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan presiding.