Monday 16 July 2018

Department of Foreign Affairs issues advice to Irish people in Barcelona after terror attack

Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)
Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)

Catherine Devine, Ryan O'Rourke and Claire Fox

Irish people in Barcelona have been urged to follow the advice of local authorities after a van ploughed into a crowd in Las Ramblas area, leaving at least 13 people dead.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said they are monitoring developments closely through the Irish Embassy in Madrid and Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Barcelona.

Irish citizens in the vicinity of the incident are advised to follow the advice of local authorities. Anyone with concerns for the safety of loved ones in Barcelona can contact the Consular Assistance team in the Department on 01-4082000 or the Irish Embassy in Madrid on +34 914364093.

Police in Spain are asking people to let their families know if they are 'okay' if they are in the designated 'red zone'. They have asked people to use social media networks so as not to block the phone lines.

An injured person is carried in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)
An injured person is carried in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)

People are also been advised not to go near the area around Placa Catalunya.

Minister Simon Coveney said he was "appalled" by the events.

"I am appalled by the incident in Barcelona this afternoon. On behalf of the Irish government, I wish to convey our condolences and solidarity with the people of Spain at this time."

An Irish person living in Barcelona told Independent.ie that people are "screaming" in the area.

"A load of people screaming just ran into the museum I'm just after walking into and they've shut the whole place down."

Aidan McGovern originally from Carrigaline, Co Cork owns a gallery in the Spanish city centre. He also told Independent.ie that the attack has left him shaken.

People flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)
People flee the scene in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)

"I'm pretty shook up and taken aback. I'm close to the area. It's very scary.

"A buddy of mine saw the van plough threw the crowd and get out of the van running. It's pretty grim here right now."

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