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Tuesday 28 February 2017

President D Higgins - 'The whole purpose of actions like this... is to sow fear and to dislodge life'

Robin Schiller

President Michael D Higgins signs the book of condolances at The Belgian Embassy, Ballsbridge today.Picture: Colin O'Riordan
President Michael D Higgins signs the book of condolances at The Belgian Embassy, Ballsbridge today.Picture: Colin O'Riordan

The President of Ireland has described the recent terror attacks in Belgium as a "cowardly" assault on the citizens of Europe which attempt to distill "fear" amongst innocent people.

Michael D Higgins was speaking as he opened a book of condolences at the Belgian Embassy in Dublin, where he was joined by the Deputy of Mission Agnes Scheers and the French Ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thebault.

Before signing the book of condolences with his wife Sabina, the President stood for a minute silence as a mark of respect for the 34 people who were killed in yesterday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.

President Higgins said that people now had to react "effectively but sophisticated" in the wake of Europe's most recent terror related incident, while also calling for solidarity.

"I think the whole purpose of actions like this, as cowardly as it is directed at civilians seeking to go about their business and lives in Europe...is to sow such fear and to dislodge that kind of life," Mr Higgins said.

"Like all terribly destructive acts of terrorism against civilians it has no serious end purpose other than the creation of fear that will dislodge people.

Agnes Scheers, Deputy Head of Mission, Belgium Embassy pictured with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina as they arrived to sign the book of condolances at Ballsbridge today. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Agnes Scheers, Deputy Head of Mission, Belgium Embassy pictured with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina as they arrived to sign the book of condolances at Ballsbridge today. Picture: Colin O'Riordan

"We have to be very careful now, to make sure that the response is not just effective bit sophisticated in analysing how all of us together in Europe can act in solidarity with care for the best Defense of the people of Europe, and for the Europe we have wanted," the President added.

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