The Irish Embassy in London has been receiving an increasing number of calls from Ireland inquiring about relatives in the wake of the terror attacks on the British capital,Minister for Foreign Affaris Dermot Ahern confirmed today.
As the UK came to terms with the carnage caused by the bomb attacks on buses and the London Underground, Mr Ahern said at this stage it was not clear if there were Irish casualties.
“There have been an increasing number of calls to the embassy mainly from Ireland inquiring about loved ones,” he said in Belfast.
“We have no-one at this moment in time confirmed injured from Ireland.”
Mr Ahern, who was due to express his Government’s condolences directly to the British government at a meeting in Belfast later today with Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, condemned the attacks.
“Ultimately this type of terrorism which has been perpetrated on innocent lives in London today is something that no rightful society can put up with,” the minister said.
“Obviously we have to implore the general public to be as vigilant as they can but, as you can see, some of the most sophisticated security systems like London’s or the British security services can’t cope with something like this when it comes in such a way, possibly suicide bombings.
“I think it is safe to say that the authorities in London were worried over the last year or two that something might happen. Unfortunately it has come to pass.”
An emergency centre has been set up in the Department of Foreign Affairs for anyone in the Republic or the North concerned about relatives in London.
It can be contacted on 1800 242 548.
An emergency centre has also been set up in the Irish Embassy in London for Irish citizens based in Britain. The Embassy’s numbers for those citizens are: 0207 201 2508 or 0207 201 2501.