Friday 20 July 2018

Varadkar writes to Trump 'to express the condolences of the Irish people' as party leaders condemn Las Vegas attack

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has written to US President Donald Trump expressing condolences on behalf of the Irish people in the wake of mass murders in Las Vegas.

Party leaders in the Dáil condemned the attacks that have left at least 58 dead and hundreds more injured.

The Taoiseach said it was “not just an attack on the people of the United States but also on citizens from all over the world”.

“In the face of such horror and tragedy, the Irish Government and people stand in solidarity with our friends and families in the United States.”

Mr Varadkar added: “I sent a message to President Trump yesterday to express the condolences of the Irish people to the people of America.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he hoped “common sense will ultimately prevail and that gun laws in the US are changed”.

“It is extraordinary how so many deadly weapons can end up in the hands of one individual.”

He added: “It was an appalling atrocity with so many innocent people mowed down.  At times like this, we are reminded of the extraordinary role of first responders in situations like this and we salute them and their courage in assisting.”

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams extended his condolences “to the victims and the bereaved of the horrific mass shooting”.

On behalf of the Labour Party, Brendan Howlin said: “I send my and the party's condolences to, and solidarity with, all those who lost loved ones or are currently fighting for their lives, injured or affected in any way by the appalling events in Las Vegas.”

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