Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Darragh O’Brien TD has said that last night’s attacks demonstrate a fundamental challenge for liberal democracies across the world.

Deputy O’Brien was commenting following what appears to be a terrorist attack in the Breitscheidplatz area of Berlin which has left at least 12 people dead and dozens of others injured. This attack follows to the shooting dead of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov at a broadcasted event in Turkish capital Ankara yesterday evening marking a new low in international diplomatic relations and also the cowardly attack on worshippers in Zurich.

Commenting on last night’s events Deputy O’Brien said, “I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this appalling attack which appears to have been intentional and which has killed and injured so many.

“On behalf of my party colleagues, I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Germany, to the families of those who have lost loved ones and also to those who have been injured. I have passed on my condolences personally to the German Ambassador here in Ireland.

“It appears that the painful reality of terrorism has again struck at the very heart of Europe, but we must stand together in the face of such violence and work collectively to combat those who wish to destroy democratic values and ideals.

“The brutal killing of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov in Ankara and the cowardly attack on worshippers at prayer in Zurich are both further acts of violence that threaten our basic human values.

“Last night’s events are an appalling reminder of how very real the challenge that exists to bridge the divide between peoples of all races, ethnicity, culture or creed. However, this challenge is too important to ignore.”