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One Irish national injured in Paris Attacks

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Tears for the dead at the scene of the Paris attacks
Tears for the dead at the scene of the Paris attacks
A rose left near the Bataclan theatre in Paris in tribute to those who died last night
A rose left near the Bataclan theatre in Paris in tribute to those who died last night

One Irish citizen has been injured in the Paris terror attacks.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin said its consular staff were providing assistance to one person after working through the night to monitor the situation with France under a state of emergency.

"In response to last night's terrible events in Paris, department officials in Paris and in Dublin have been working through the night to monitor the situation and provide consular assistance," Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said.

Mr Flanagan said consular staff had no indications of any other Irish people being caught up in the deadliest violence in decades.

However his department's consular response centre is open for any families who have concerns to contact officials on +353 (0) 1 418 0200 or [email protected]

Mr Flanagan added: "Our advice remains that Irish citizens in Paris should exercise caution, stay indoors and continue to follow the instructions of the local authorities.

"Any citizens intending to travel should check with their airline or tour operator for information - the airports are operational but citizens should expect additional security and travel disruptions.

"Citizens should continue to monitor the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's twitter feed @dfatravel and our travel advice at www.dfa.ie which will be updated in line with developments."

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Michael D Higgins and Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste Joan Burton were among those leaders to condemn the attacks and offer condolences to France.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmaid Martin asked for prayers for peace in all churches over the weekend.

"We remember those who died last night and those who mourn them and we share in the grief of the entire city of Paris," he said.

The Taoiseach spoke of his shock over the bloodshed.

"Once again, we are witnessing carnage on the streets of Paris. Again, the capital is suffering at the hands of those who seek only to wreak havoc and destruction on civil society," he said.

"My thoughts and those of all the Irish people are with the French people this evening. As ever, we stand as one with them and will never bend to the evil of terrorism."

President Higgins added: "I have been shocked to learn of and view the images of the terrible events unfolding in Paris this evening.

"On behalf of the Irish people, and on my own behalf, I offer deepest sympathy through president Hollande to the people of France on this dreadful loss of life and appalling injuries."