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President sends message of sympathy to families of London attack victims

President Michael D Higgins has offered his sympathy to the families of those killed in the London terrorist attack.

Mr Higgins said this latest attack in London will be condemned "by all those who believe in the rights of our public to live their lives in the public space".

He added: "To our neighbours in the United Kingdom I send the sympathy and support of the Irish people, and in particular the heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who have lost their lives, and our thoughts and wishes for such recovery as is possible to the injured and their families."

Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, said gardai have offered support to the authorities in London.

"(The) attack in London is another depraved and cowardly attack on innocent people. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and with the injured victims.

"I have spoken this morning with the Garda Commissioner who briefed me on developments. The Garda authorities remain in close contact with their counterparts in London and will offer whatever support they can," he said.

Fianna Fail Leader, Micheal Martin, said that London withstood terrorist attacks before and became stronger as a result.

"(Saturday) night's attack will, I have no doubt, bring Londoners of all creeds, races, and ethnicities, even more together and will make the city even stronger.

"We know from our own past that the best response to terror is to be open, tolerant and to stand united," he said.

Mr Martin added: "Those who orchestrated this attack and the previous attack in Manchester are cowards.

"The people of London have, in the few short hours since last night's attack, shown the world what true courage and bravery is."

Brendan Howlin TD, leader of the Labour Party, described the attack as "mindlessly cruel".

"As members of the emergency services ran towards danger, and the people of London opened their homes, cars and businesses to provide support to those affected, the strength and resilience of the city of London was shown to all," he added.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD said: "I absolutely condemn last night's horrendous attacks in London.

"On behalf of Sinn Fein, I offer my sincere condolences to the victims and the families of those killed and injured and to the people of London."

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