Issued by the Government Press Office
Check Against Delivery
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland I want to express our condolences and our solidarity with the people of New Zealand following the horrific attacks in Christchurch.
Irish people share a deep affinity with the people of New Zealand, whether it’s through rugby, travel or pride in our culture as small island nations.
New Zealand and its people are open, tolerant and welcoming. We join them today, united in our condemnation of this appalling attack and determined in our resolve that hate will not triumph.
I will be writing to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express sincere sympathies and support. I would also like to pay tribute to the valiant work of Christchurch’s emergency services.”