Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has responded to news emerging from Brussels about a series of terrorist attacks across the city.

Deputy Martin commented, “The images and reports emerging from Brussels are chilling. Once again, a European capital has been terrorised by completely indiscriminate acts of hatred and cruelty. It is clear that large numbers of people have lost their lives and many more have been injured in these bombings.

“All across our own country, people will be worried about family and friends who are working in or visiting the city, and I know that our Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs will be providing excellent support for any Irish people caught up in this atrocity.

“Serious analysis and debate will be needed as Europe confronts the reality of the increased terrorist threat and Ireland will have to play its full part in that, but in the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed or injured, the people of Brussels and the entire Belgian nation.”