Thursday, November 23, 2023


It was with utter disbelief that I heard the news of the horrific attack on Parnell Square here in Dublin. 

An attack like this outside a school, involving innocent victims including children, is particularly distressing.

There is no way to escape the pain and suffering it has brought to so many people. We do not expect events like this to happen so close to home. 

I am praying for the injured and their families and all those affected today. 

I invite the people of Dublin to join me in praying especially for the recovery of those who have been injured. 

Grant them strength to endure this awful attack, and grant each of us the grace to live our lives in holiness, free from all violence. 

I commend the emergency services and An Garda Síochána for their diligence in responding to this terrible event today.