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Statement by the Tánaiste on fatal incident in Toronto

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Simon Coveney, TD, has condemned yesterday’s fatal incident in Toronto when ten people died after a van mounted a kerb and ploughed into groups of pedestrians. 


The Tánaiste said:


“I unreservedly condemn what appears to have been a deliberate attempt to kill and injure as many people as possible. While it is not yet clear what the motive was and no national security connection has yet been established, it is nonetheless a tragic and appalling incident.


“On behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I wish to extend my condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims. 


“It is particularly sad, coming so soon after the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos' hockey team, which claimed 15 lives and which I know from talking to my own family members who live in Canada, impacted so deeply on the people of Canada.


“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of Canada at this most difficult of times.


"I know that the people of Canada, and of Toronto in particular, will be filled with shock and with sadness today. I want them to know that Ireland stands with the people of Toronto and with the people of Canada.


“There have been no reports of any Irish citizens being caught up in the incident. If any Irish citizens do need assistance or if friends or family have concerns about a loved one, they should contact 01 408-2000”