Limerick has joined cities around the world in opening a book of condolences for victims of the terror attacks that occurred in Paris.
129 people were killed and an additional 352 were injured in a series of violent incidents throughout the city on Friday night last.
The book of condolences is open for members of the public to sign from 9.30am to 2pm today and tomorrow.
Limerick City East Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon praised the thoughtfulness and support of such a gesture.
“It gives the people of Limerick the opportunity to express their sympathies and stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Paris,” he stated.
He felt that signing the book also signified a powerful stance against terrorism.
“It condemns the atrocious terrorist attacks that occurred over the weekend,” Cllr. O’Hanlon explained.
Such sentiments echo that of the speech delivered by French President Francois Hollande who stated, “What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself.”
Limerick City Council has also shown its solidarity with the French people by expressing its sympathies to the mayor of Limerick’s sister city Quimper in Brittany, France.
Cllr. O’Hanlon highlighted how the attacks would have resonated closely with Limerick people, particularly the attacks at the Stade de France.
“Of course, there is a big rugby connection. Many Munster supporters would have been at matches in the Stade de France.”
Cllr. O’Hanlon urged members of the public to sign the book of condolences stating, “I’m sure thousands of Limerick people will sign it. I feel the more publicity it receives the better the message of support.”
The book of condolences is available to sign outside the City Hall.