The chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen has expressed solidarity with the French people following yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices.
Deputy Breen has written to the French Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault, to offer the condolences of the Oireachtas committee with the victims and their families and friends and to express solidarity with the French people on behalf of committee members.
“Yesterday’s appalling attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, which claimed 12 lives, is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. This barbaric act against editors, journalists and cartoonists was also an attack on the universal values of free speech and freedom of expression. On behalf of committee members, I have written to the French Ambassador in Dublin to express our sympathies with the families of the victims and to offer our solidarity with the French people at this difficult time,” the Clare TD said.