Wednesday 21 March 2018

'The children ask, why are there shooters, why are there bad people?'

Emergency drills for their children and body searches are all part of life for Ronan and Jessica O'Gara in Paris, writes Niamh Horan

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica. Photo: Kip Carroll
Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica. Photo: Kip Carroll
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Ronan and Jessica O'Gara have opened up about living in Paris under the threat of terrorist attacks.

The couple who live in the Sceaux, less than 10km from the centre of Paris where the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan massacres took place, described the reality of living in the shadow of violent extremism.

Speaking on Bastille Day, only hours before the terrorist attack which left 84 dead following a fireworks display in Nice, the couple described how they have been subjected to body searches for explosives on shopping trips and said their children have undergone emergency drills in the event of a chemical attack on their school.

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