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Tánaiste outlines next steps for Irish Government following Salisbury attack

 

Tánaiste outlines next steps for Irish Government following Salisbury attack

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, has welcomed the European Council conclusions on the Salisbury attack in the UK.

 

The Tánaiste said:

 

“The UK is Ireland’s closest neighbour and friend and we are in complete solidarity with the British government as they deal with the circumstances and consequences of this appalling attack. Ireland shares the UKand European Council assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. The use of chemical weapons in any circumstances is completely unacceptable.

 

As the Taoiseach has said this morning we will be considering next week whether it is appropriate for the Government to take additional measures in relation to the Russian Embassy in Dublin, in light of security considerations and in solidarity with the actions taken by the UK. Such actions are also under consideration by a large number of other EU Member States. I will be discussing this with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice and Equality over the coming days.”  

 

ENDS

Press Office

23 March 2018