Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade Brendan Smith TD has expressed his shock and upset at the murders witnessed in Paris today. He has also extended his sympathy to the families of the 12 people who have been killed in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Deputy Smith commented, “I cannot begin to convey the shock and sadness we all feel in the Fianna Fáil party on hearing the news today that 12 people have been murdered in Paris while simply going about their day’s work. It is a horrific act of the most barbaric kind and cannot be tolerated by any decent, right thinking people in society. France, like Ireland, has a proud republican tradition. Part of that proud tradition is the freedom of speech and expression, which democratic societies hold dear.
“It is my great hope that those responsible for this most heinous crime are found by the French authorities and brought to justice. We stand with France and its people on this very tragic day. Our Government should offer any assistance required by French in helping them find the perpetrators of this awful attack. I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost their lives. No words can soothe the great despair they must feel today.”