Wednesday 7 December 2016

France attacks: Minister Flanagan confirms search to establish if any Irish citizens are 'caught up in this'

Irish Embassy seeking to establish if any Irish caught in attack

Ryan Nugent

Published 15/07/2016 | 01:20

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD Picture: Gerry Mooney
Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan TD Picture: Gerry Mooney
The truck that mowed through revellers in Nice (AP)
Video grab shows ambulances and Police cars after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who had gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice. Photo: BFMTV via AP
French soldiers stand guard by the sealed off area of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has urged Irish citizens 'exercise caution' after a horror attack which killed at least 75 people.

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In a statement released tonight Minister Flanagan said the events have left him "deeply shocked and saddened".

"I deplore the loss of life, and offer heartfelt condolences to the people of France from the people of Ireland.

"This attack on people as they celebrated Bastille Day with friends and family on a fine summer's evening is particularly horrendous, and my thoughts and sympathies are with the relatives of the dead and injured. "

He explained that his department is monitoring the situation closely.

"Our Ambassador in France Geraldine Byrne Nason and her staff are seeking to establish whether any Irish citizens have been caught up in this evening's tragic events.

"Our Embassy in Paris is on stand-by to offer assistance to any Irish people affected by these events and the staff of the Embassy are on duty and monitoring the situation closely.

"Irish citizens in Nice who need to contact the Embassy can do so at 0033-1-44176700, and are advised to exercise caution and follow instructions of local authorities. Consular staff in my Department are also on hand to take calls from concerned families here in Ireland and they may be contacted at any time at 01 408 2000

Dublin North West TD Noel Rock said: "Gutted. Had marked Bastille Day this evening with a clearly emotional French Ambassador today. Standing with them, now and always."

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