Paris: Northern Ireland leaders condemn attacks

People react in front of   the Carillon cafe and the Petit Cambodge restaurant  in Paris  a day after over 120 people were killed  in a series of shooting and explosions.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
People react in front of the Carillon cafe and the Petit Cambodge restaurant in Paris a day after over 120 people were killed in a series of shooting and explosions. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Politicians across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland have condemned the Paris attacks.

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA expressed their shock and sadness at Friday night’s terror killings.

In a joint statement, they said: “As the details surrounding this tragedy continue to unfold our thoughts and prayers are with the French people and particularly those who have lost loved ones as well as those who have been injured.

“Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with the French people and we stand shoulder to shoulder with President Hollande and France following these savage, barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks in Paris.”

DUP Strangford MP Jim Shannon offered said: “I wish to our deepest sympathies to President Hollande and to the French people after the most horrific act of terror. It is hard to believe that anyone could carry out such cold-blooded terror and could be filled with so much hate that they would murder innocent people simply out enjoying themselves.

“We stand in solidarity with France. Your tears are ours, your pain is ours and your mourning is our mourning. We in Ards, Strangford and Northern Ireland have you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We must now reaffirm our commitment to defeat terrorism and rid the world of such evil.”

David McNarry MLA, Ukip’s leader in Northern Ireland, said: “I call on Justice Minister Ford to give assurances that he is in contact with the Cabinet Emergency Committee, Cobra, and that Northern Ireland is fully a part of the decisions being taken to protect the UK, especially Belfast and our large towns from IS terrorist attack. Given the existence of the IRA and especially dissident republican groups, we cannot be excluded from the counter-terrorism measures being taken by Cobra. “People need to know what links, if any, exist between irish terror groups and IS and what specific threat there is to Northern Ireland.”

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said: “The deplorable attacks tonight in Paris are to be condemned.

“My thoughts and those of everyone in Ireland at this time will be with those killed or injured.”

Irish Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary Patricia King said: “I want to extend our very deepest sympathies to all those affected by last night’s brutal and callous attacks on innocent civilians in Paris and on French society itself.

“These cruel and senseless murders serve no civilised cause and are an offence against our common humanity, regardless of creed or colour.

“Only mutual respect, solidarity and toleration offer a way forward, not the path of violence.”

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