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Statement by the Tánaiste on the situation in Egypt

International relations, Human rights, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Security, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2013

“I condemn the heavy use of force to clear protests in Cairo, and all violence which occurred yesterday, which has led to serious loss of life and heavy casualties. It is deeply regrettable that the restraint shown until now by the authorities was abandoned yesterday.

In addition to the many people killed or injured, it is also deeply worrying that these events may further polarise society, make an inclusive political dialogue even more difficult, and lead to a continuing spiral of violence.

I call on the authorities to show the utmost restraint at this point, and on all sides in Egypt to refrain from further violence, and to work to overcome their differences in the interests of their country and people.

I am being kept informed of continuing developments. The Irish Embassy in Cairo remains open, but its opening hours may be restricted if the security situation deteriorates. Irish citizens are advised to avoid non-essential travel to Egypt at the present time, with the exception of the Red Sea resorts. Irish citizens in Egypt and those intending to travel, are advised to register on my Department’s website, monitor the situation closely and check the Department’s travel advice on a regular basis for any updated information”.