Minister Flanagan attends special mass in solidarity with the people of France13 January 2015
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has tonight (Tuesday) represented the Government at a ‘Special Mass for Solidarity with the People of France’, organised by the French Ambassador, H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault and the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.
The mass was intended as an opportunity for all those in Dublin who wish to show their solidarity with the people of France following the attacks of the past week. Religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the French community in Ireland were invited to attend.
Minister Flanagan stated:
“This mass, organised by Archbishop Martin and H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault, provides a further opportunity for the Government, on behalf of the people of Ireland, to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of France.
“In particular, tonight the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the horrific atrocities in Paris last week were in my thoughts along with the many other victims of acts of terrorism around the world in recent days.”
Minister Flanagan was accompanied by Ireland’s Ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason.
Yesterday (Monday) Minister Flanagan discussed Europe’s response to the attacks with the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, who was in Dublin for a number of engagements including an address to Ireland’s Diplomatic Corps. At the meeting, the Minister referred to the unity rally that had taken place in Paris on Sunday where the Taoiseach joined other world leaders and citizens of France. Emphasising the theme of unity, Minister Flanagan stated:
“The Paris attacks cannot be reduced to a simple narrative that suggests a clash of religions. These were acts of terrorism. We are united as a country, in solidarity with the people of France, in our total condemnation of the killings and in our support for tolerance, respect and freedom of expression.”