[Sinn Fein]

12 September 2001

Deepest sympathy extended to people of the United States

Extending deepest sympathy to the people of the United States Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

``I extend deepest sympathy to all those bereaved as a result of the appalling and catastrophic loss of life in New York and Washington. I condemn these attacks in the strongest terms.

``Given the massive scale of casualties it is virtually certain that every county in Ireland will be directly affected by loss of loved ones. Because of the close connections between the Irish people and the people of the United States, and the number of our citizens, relatives and friends who have over generations made a new home on that side of the Atlantic, this is a tragedy which deeply affects us.

``I am certain that the Irish people will respond generously to any calls for practical help which will be made. Once again I offer sincere condolences to the bereaved and injured.''

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