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Minister Charlie Flanagan TD has expressed his horror at the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox

“I am horrified by the news that Labour MP Jo Cox has been seriously wounded in a shooting incident near Leeds today. The fact that Ms Cox was attacked in this vicious way in the course of carrying out her duties for her constituents is deeply shocking. At this very anxious time, my thoughts are with Ms Cox, her husband, family and Labour colleagues.

The suspension of the Remain and Leave campaigns for today is an apt recognition that today’s horrific incident was an attack, not just on Ms Cox personally, but on the practice of democratic politics.“