09 January 2015

Minister Fitzgerald condemns the Paris shootings and conveys condolences to the French Ambassador

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has today signed the book of condolences at the French Embassy in Dublin for the victims of the Paris shootings.

The Minister expressed her horror and revulsion at what had taken place.

Minister Fitzgerald said:

"Today I spoke with the French Ambassador to Ireland and conveyed my sincere condolences over the appalling events which had taken place and expressed the hope that those who had been involved in such evil deeds will be brought to justice without further loss of innocent life. As well as expressing my sympathy to the French people, as Justice Minister I expressed my particular condolences in relation to those members of the French police who made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect the public they serve.

"Events of this week have been a tragic and stark reminder of the threat posed by international terrorism both to our safety and our freedoms. There is a determination among Justice and Interior Ministers at EU level and beyond to continue to take all possible measures open to us to counteract this threat and we will examine fully what lessons can be learned from this week's events. The highest level of international cooperation between policing and security services is clearly crucial. I know from my contacts with Commissioner O'Sullivan that An Garda Síochána will continue to play its full part in that regard and will take all reasonable steps to deal with any threat here from international terrorism.

"I should add that I published the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) Bill late last year. It will contribute to the State's and the Gardaí's ability to fight terrorism by creating new offences related to public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for terrorism.

"I will be briefing my colleagues on developments in recent days at next week's Government meeting."