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Statement by Minister Flanagan on attack on nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey

Consular, Minister Charles Flanagan, Security, Press Releases, Europe, 2017


Statement by Minister Flanagan on attack on nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey


Following the shooting attack in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan T.D. said, 


"I unreservedly condemn the heinous violent attack in the nightclub in Istanbul in the early hours of this morning. I extend my condolences to the families of those killed and my sympathy to those injured.  My thoughts are with the people of Turkey today, as they come to terms with yet another terrorist attack on their country. It is particularly heartrending that this attack targeted people on New Year’s Eve, a time when we join together in our hope for a more peaceful future.  


"Terrorists will not prevail in destabilising democracy as long as we continue to stand together and I reiterate that Ireland, along with other European Union Member States, stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.


"Ireland's Embassy in Ankara is in ongoing close contact with local Turkish authorities and other partners. We have not received any report of any Irish casualties. 


“I advise any Irish citizens in Istanbul to remain very vigilant and to exercise extreme caution, to follow the advice of local authorities especially the police, and to avoid crowded areas and those frequented by foreigners. 


“Any Irish citizen in Istanbul that needs assistance, or anyone in Ireland concerned about someone in Istanbul, should call my Department consular staff on 00353 1 4082000 or 0090 312 459 1000."




Press Office

1 January 2017


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