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Paris terror attacks: Ireland's department of foreign affairs sets up helpline for anyone wishing to register concern

Any Irish people who wish to register their concern in relation to tonight's Paris attacks can do so at 01 408 2000, the Department of Foreign Affairs has said.

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

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his shock at the events unfolding in Paris tonight.

158 people are feared dead due to violence around Paris. Some 118 of these victims were killed at the Bataclan concert hall after three gunmen took them hostage.

Enda Kenny said in a statement: "Once again we are witnessing carnage on the streets of Paris. Again the capital is suffering at the hands of those who seek only to wreak havoc and destruction on civil society.

"My thoughts and those of all the Irish people are with the French people this evening.  As ever we stand as one with them and will never bend to the evil of terrorism."

President Michael D. Higgins has this evening spoken to the French ambassador in Dublin to express his sympathy.

In a separate statement, the president said this evening, "I have been shocked to learn of and view the images of the terrible events unfolding in Paris this evening.

"On behalf of the Irish people and on my own behalf I offer deepest sympathy through President Hollande to the people of France on this dreadful loss of life and appalling injuries.

"All of our thoughts are with the people of France as events unfold."

David Cameron said he was "shocked" by the unfolding atrocity in Paris and vowed the UK will do "whatever we can to help".

The British Prime Minister said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the French people as reports of the shootings came through.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the attacks were "heinous and immoral".

Mr Cameron said: "I am shocked by events in Paris tonight.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."

Mr Corbyn said: "My thoughts are with the people of Paris tonight. We stand in solidarity with the French.

"Such acts are heinous and immoral."

Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev Justin Welby said: "Tragic Paris, desperate news of deep tragedy, with heartbreak for so many. We weep with those affected, pray for deliverance and justice."

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