Sunday 11 December 2016

Taoiseach suspends campaigning, describes shooting of British MP as 'outrageous'

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 16/06/2016 | 16:05

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: canvassed Irish people living in the UK. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny: canvassed Irish people living in the UK. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has suspended his campaigning ahead of next week's 'Brexit' referendum following the shooting of a Labour MP.

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Mr Kenny delivered a speech at an Irish Centre in Liverpool advocating for Britain to remain within the European Union.

However, news broke during Mr Kenny's speech of the shooting and stabbing of Jo Cox in West Yorkshire.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Kenny described the incident as an "appalling crime".

"i have heard about the shooting and the stabbing of Jo Cox in West Yorkshire. This is an appalling crime on a public representative going about her duty, a mother of two young children." he said.

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"I hope and pray that she will be ok. Although I understand she may be in a critical condition. And I understand that police have arrested a man in respect of this particular atrocity, this outrageous behaviour."

Mr Kenny informed reporters that he would be making no further comment about ''Brexit' in order to respect the decision taken by the 'Leave' and 'Remain' campaigns.

"I also understand that the 'Remain' campaign and 'Leave' campaign have cancelled their campaigns for today. So out of respect for those decisions, I will not make any further reference to the referendum to be held next week during the course of my remaining duties here today."

The Fine Gael leader said the issue will be looked at again tomorrow.

Mr Kenny is attending a business event in Manchester tonight.

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