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Tánaiste expresses sympathy following Japanese Earthquake

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Eamon Gilmore T.D., has expressed his sympathy at the tragic loss of life and devastation caused by  today’s earthquake in Japan. 

Speaking in Budapest, where he is attending a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, the Tánaiste said that he had spoken to the Irish Ambassador in Tokyo, Mr. John Neary, and was pleased to learn that there had been no reports so far of any Irish casualties.  He advised anyone concerned about family or friends in the affected area to contact the Department’s Crisis Centre at (01) 4180233.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of approximately 2,000 Irish citizens living in Japan. The Department  opened its Crisis Centre at 09.00 this morning and is taking calls and giving advice to families who may have concerns.  The Irish Embassy in Tokyo has been contacting those Irish citizens known to be in the affected area.   Details of the full damage and casualties are still emerging.  Communications remain difficult and local authorities and emergency services are still dealing with the immediate impact of the earthquake.  The Department’s website will be updated as further information becomes available.