Saturday 17 August 2019

Paris Terror Attack: One Irish citizen injured as Foreign Affairs urges ‘extreme caution’

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has urged Irish citizens in the French capital to exercise ‘extreme caution’ in the aftermath of last night’s terror attack - as it revealed one citizen has been injured.

In a statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said there are currently no indications that any other Irish citizens have been caught up in the tragedy.

"I have activated my Department’s Consular Response Centre, with an experienced consular team in place to assist any families or citizens who have concerns", he added.

A state of emergency has been declared in the city after at least 128 people were killed in what appears to have been a co-ordinated terror strike.

In a statement the Department said:  

“A state of emergency has been declared in Paris following multiple events on Friday evening.

“Citizens in Paris should exercise extreme caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities, who are advising people to stay indoors.

“Irish citizens in Paris should make contact to reassure their family at home as to their safety.

 “Airports remain operational but Irish citizens in or travelling to France should expect additional security and possible travel disruptions.

“Anyone intending to travel to Paris should contact their airline or tour operator for further information.”  

Any Irish people who wish to register their concern in relation to last night's Paris attacks can do so at 01 408 2000.

The embassy in Paris and the department in Dublin are actively monitoring the unfolding situation.

Aer Lingus has said this morning it intends to operate its full schedule of flights to the French capital today.

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