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Minister Flanagan represents Government at Air India ceremony


Minister Charlie Flanagan represents Government at ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Air India bombing

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, is this morning representing the Government at a ceremony to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Air India bombing in Ahakista, Co. Cork.

The bombing of Air India flight 182 on June 23, 1985, led to the deaths of all 307 passengers and 22 crew on board, making it one of the worst aviation disasters in history. Many of the victims were Canadian citizens of Indian descent who were travelling to India from Montreal.

Minister Flanagan will be joined at the ceremony by Canadian Minister of Justice Peter MacKay; Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Vijay Kumar Singh; the Mayor of Cork Alan Coleman and relatives and friends of the victims.

Expressing deep sympathies to the families and friends of the victims, Minister Flanagan said:

‘There can never be justification for the murder of innocents in pursuit of any political end. Unfortunately terrorism continues to plague our world and we have seen many repugnant and malevolent acts in the last 30 years.

“But what is abundantly clear is that terrorism does not deliver the political goals of its perpetrators, and that governments, with the support of their people, will continue to tackle the scourge of terrorism and promote dialogue and justice.”

Minister Flanagan said many bonds have been formed between Canada, India and Ireland in dealing with this tragedy:

“These bonds have remained strong over the past three decades and that the community in West Cork will always gladly open their arms to welcome the families and friends of the victims in the spirit of deepest friendship and solidarity.”

Following the commemoration event, Minister Flanagan met separately with Minister MacKay and Minister Singh.

Minister Flanagan, who paid an official visit to Canada for Saint Patrick’s Day 2015, discussed efforts to further develop Irish-Canadian links with Minister MacKay.

In his meeting with Minister Singh, Minister Flanagan discussed UN peacekeeping and reform, climate change and development issues.


Press Office

June 23, 2015