Breen condemns Boston attack and expresses sympathy with victims

April 16th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Tuesday) condemned the attack in Boston, in which at least three people have been killed and more than 140 injured, and expressed his sympathy to the victims of the atrocity.

“Boston is often referred to as the most Irish city in the United States, and I have no doubt that Irish people will be shocked and appalled by the horrific events which unfolded in the city yesterday.

“Boston is an incredibly friendly city with a fighting spirit. This was a heartless attack, targeting marathon runners who had pushed themselves to the edges of human endeavour. One can only imagine the terror experienced by those caught up in the attack.

“I would like to express my sympathy to all of the victims of the attack, and the many onlookers and bystanders who will never forget April 15th 2013.

“I understand that the Department of Foreign Affairs is confident that all Irish competitors in the Boston marathon are safe and accounted for. However, I would urge anyone with any concerns about an Irish friend or relative in Boston to contact the Department on 01-4082000.

“I have no doubt that the American authorities will spare no effort in tracking down those responsible for this reprehensible attack.”