Friday 23 August 2019

‘It’s the blackest of black days for France’ – Taoiseach expresses sympathies over Paris Attacks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Brian O'Reilly and Niall O'Connor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathies to the French people over the Paris Terror Attack.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One this morning, he said it was the ‘blackest of black days’ for France.

“It’s the blackest of black days for Paris and France and its citizens, and the citizens of the free world”, he said.

“This is an appalling an horrendous attack on the free world. Obviously this was co-ordinated in six different locations.

“The assistance of the world is available in any way we can help”

He offered his sympathies and the sympathies of the Irish people to those affected.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with the bereaved, the French people

“For now, the immediacy is the sympathies of the world to the French people.

“We hope those who planned this will be brought to justice in the shortest possible time.”

Meanwhile the French Ambassador also thanked the Irish people for their support expressed so far.

Jean-Pierre Thébault said: “It has been a dreadful night and an ordeal for all the French, and for all the world because freedom is at stake in mass terror.

"What’s been attacked is the freedom of people who live normally.

“This is a dark day for freedom."

All European countries including Ireland must  re-examine their security arrangements in light of the Paris atrocities, Tanaiste Joan Burton has said.

Ms Burton today said she and the Irish public are "numb" after learning of last night's terrorist attacks which have left dozens of people dead.

The Labour Party leader said that the events represent an attack on Europe as a whole, adding that the Irish tricolour is modelled off the French flag.

Asked about whether European governments including Ireland's should now reevaluate security arrangements, Ms Burton said:

"Yes. I think it is essential that we understand that this is a direct attack on democracy in Europe. In attacking France they attack everyone."

The Labour Party leader also hit out at what she described as "backhanded ways of defending terrorism."

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