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Statement by President Higgins on the mosque attacks in New Zealand

Date: Fri 15th Mar, 2019 | 08:30

President Michael D. Higgins has this morning responded to the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a statement issued by Áras an Uachtaráin the President said:

"The attacks on mosques in New Zealand will have appalled people all over the world. 

As President of Ireland may I offer the sympathy of the people of Ireland to the families of the victims, and express the solidarity of the people of Ireland with the people of New Zealand at this time.

This attack on innocent lives at places of worship for a religious community will be condemned by all those who believe in freedom and democratic values.

I have conveyed deepest sympathies on behalf of the Irish people to Prime Minister Ardern and to Governor-General Reddy.”