Paris attacks: Higgins offers condolences to France

President says thoughts of Irish people are with France as Taoiseach expresses shock

President Michael D Higgins has expressed his condolences to France following the attacks in Paris on Friday.

“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.”


The president spoke to the French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault in Dublin last night and asked that his message be passed to president Hollande.

Kenny reaction

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also expressed his shock at the events.

“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.”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams condemned the attacks in Paris, which have resulted in numerous casualties.

Mr Adams said: “The deplorable attacks tonight in Paris are to be condemned.

"My thoughts and those of everyone in Ireland at this time will be with those killed or injured."