Kenny hails 'major achievement' in bid to quell terror
Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny yesterday hailed the "removal" of Osama Bin Laden's ability to plot terrorist attacks as a "major achievement".
He gave backing to the action taken on foot of orders from US President Barack Obama, who is due to visit here on May 23.
"The removal of Osama bin Laden's ability to plot heinous acts is a major achievement in the effort to rid the world of the threat of terrorism," he said in a statement.
But Mr Kenny did not go as far as British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said the news of Bin Laden's death would bring "great relief to people across the world".
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said he did not think it was ever right to celebrate someone dying, "no matter who they are".
"But I would hope that at least for the thousands of people who lost relatives in the 9/11 attacks and the 7/7 attacks in London, that this would give them some closure," he said.
Mr Varadkar expressed the hope the death of Bin Laden would represent the "high watermark" of Islamic fundamentalism.
"We see all over the Arab world, an uprising, an Arab Spring, that really has nothing to do with al-Qa'ida and Islamic fundamentalism. I would hope this could close a chapter on that part of history," he said.
There are currently seven Irish troops serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan -- the country where Bin Laden helped to plot the 9/11 attacks.