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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expresses his abhorrence at the attack in Barcelona

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his abhorrence at the terrorist attack in Barcelona, saying:

On behalf of the Government and the Irish people, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Prime Minister Rajoy and the people of Barcelona and Spain following this callous act. An attack of this nature, targeting the people of Barcelona and visitors enjoying that wonderful city in the height of the tourist season, is both wanton and cowardly and has no place in our society. At this time of immense grief, I want to offer our solidarity and support to the people of Spain, with whom we have such close relations.

Irish citizens in the vicinity of the incident are advised to follow the advice of local authorities. Anyone with concerns for the safety of loved ones in Barcelona can contact the Consular Assistance team in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 01-4082000 or the Irish Embassy in Madrid on +34 914364093.