Wednesday 27 September 2017

'This is sheer madness' - Taoiseach Enda Kenny says Ireland will stand with 'close neighbours' UK once again

  • Ireland standing with the UK again - says minister
  • Department of Foreign Affairs 'closely monitoring situation'
  • Anyone with serious concerns can call Department - 01 408 2000
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photo: PA
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photo: PA
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said Ireland is standing with the UK for the second time in just two weeks.

The minister released a statement the morning after at least seven people were killed and 48 injured in a terror attack carried out in the London Bridge and Borough Market area of London.

"For the second time in two weeks, the ordinary people of the UK have been subjected to cowardly and barbaric attacks. Ireland stands with the UK and condemns these acts utterly," the minister said.

He added; "We continue to closely monitor the situation."

Police cordon off the area around at the scene in London Bridge and Borough Market in London following last night's terrorists incidents. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Police cordon off the area around at the scene in London Bridge and Borough Market in London following last night's terrorists incidents. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Twitter/Yatesy17
Police entering a bar in London, Britain, June 3, 2017, telling people to get down in this screen grab from video. Twitter/Yatesy17
People leave the area after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017 REUTERS/Neil Hall
People wait by a cordon before being escorted through by police, as many residents are not allowed back to their residences inside the cordon after an attack, in London Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police officers guard the approach to Southwark Bridge after an incident near London Bridge in London, Britain June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
A man carries a dog with a woman wearing a dressing gown after an attack in London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People talk to police officers at a cordon as they tried to find their way back to where they were staying after an attack in London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. . (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

He said anybody with serious concerns about loved ones in London can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on 01 408 2000, or the Irish Embassy in London on 00 44 207 235 2171.

Independent.ie has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs but it has not yet been confirmed if any Irish were involved in the terror incident last night.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also paid tribute to the London community, tweeting; "Terrible news coming from London - we stand with our close neighbours again tonight."

He also released a statement the morning after the attack, writing; "We utterly condemn the cowardly attack in London last night and reject the warped motives and world view behind them. This is sheer madness.

"Ireland will continue to work exceptionally closely with the UK and all of our colleagues on security matters and prevention as far as possible. Full details of this attack are only emerging.

"I have been in contact with the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald this morning and will speak to Prime Minister May when appropriate.

"The Irish people stand with our close neighbours once again.

"We continue to closely monitor the situation. Anyone who has serious concerns about loved ones in London can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on 01 408 2000, or the Irish Embassy in London on 00 44 207 235 2171."

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