Kenny and Varadkar slam 'cowardly' and 'evil' murder
The Taoiseach and senior Irish clergymen have condemned the terrorist murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.
Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said the atrocity had shaken the nation and the world beyond. "An atrocity which has seen a priest murdered while saying Mass and hostages taken in the church in the small town of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in the suburbs of Rouen in Normandy, has brought the violence and hatred to a place of worship, to a Christian church." Dr Jackson said.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking outside Downing Street alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, expressed his condolences to the people of France following the latest terror-related incident.
"For centuries, the church has always been a place of sanctuary and it is particularly brutal that terror has been visited upon people at a time when they have been so physically vulnerable and so spiritually hopeful," Mr Kenny said.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar condemned the Normandy murder, saying: "Evil attacks the weak. "I want to add my condemnation of the attack that occurred in France, in Normandy, and condemn it on behalf of the Government.
"Evil attacks the weak and only cowards attack people at prayer, whether it's in a church, or in a mosque or in a temple. Once again, Ireland stands in solidarity with France today and extends its condolences to all the people of France," he said.