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Statement by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Expressions of Sympathy on the Manchester Bombing, Dáil Eireann, Tuesday 23 May 2017


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On behalf of the Government and all the people of Ireland, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the United Kingdom on the truly dreadful attack which took place in Manchester last night.

This atrocity is made all the more appalling by its deliberate targeting of young people and families - innocent victims - as they began to make their way home from the Manchester Arena.

With this appalling act, an enjoyable night out was utterly transformed into a nightmare which has tragically seen 22 people lose their lives and left so many others injured.

As I said this morning, these vile acts are a reminder of the depravity of the views held by the few.

Those beliefs have no place in our society.

I spoke with the Garda Commissioner earlier this morning, as has the Tánaiste and the Cabinet was briefed on developments.

The Garda Authorities are in ongoing contact with their UK police and security counterparts, directly and through the Garda Liaison Officer at our Embassy in London, to offer any
assistance they can.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and our Embassy in London are monitoring the situation but so far there are no reports of any Irish casualties.

Last night's attack is a reminder that no-one can be considered immune from those whose hatred of our values drives such evil acts.

I can assure you that all necessary measures will be taken by our authorities to counteract such deadly threats. The Garda Authorities will continue also to work closely with their UK,
EU and other international counterparts in responding to the threat from international terrorism and violence inspired by extremists.

There can never be any justification for the inhumanity displayed in Manchester last night.

I know that the number of children caught up in these events makes it especially hard to bear for all involved. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this atrocity. I am heartbroken for all.

The city of Manchester has exceptionally close ties with our country and I extend the solidarity of the Irish Government and all our people to those affected across the UK.

I expect to speak with Prime Minister May later this evening to discuss these awful events and to assure her of the sympathy and support of the Irish people.