‘Words cannot capture the shock and revulsion felt in Ireland’ – Taoiseach writes to Obama following Orlando attack

“Ireland stands with the United States in this time of immeasurable grief”

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Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at commemorations for the 1916 Rising centenary | Image: RollingNews.ie

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written a letter to US President Barack Obama following the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

America is still reeling from the horrendous massacre in Florida which has left 50 people dead and another 53 injured. It was the worst mass shooting in America's modern shooting.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which was carried out by Omar Mateen who was killed by police following a three hour standoff.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to Barack Obama to offer condolences in the wake of the shooting.

 “On behalf of the people and Government of Ireland, I offer our sincere condolences on the shocking loss of life in Orlando today,” Mr Kenny said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the United States, the community in Orlando and the LGBT community, and above all with the families and loved ones of those so senselessly killed and injured.

“Once again we have witnessed the horror of young people being attacked as they enjoy themselves in their own community.  Words cannot capture the shock and revulsion felt in Ireland, and around the world, at this outrage.

“Ireland stands with the United States in this time of immeasurable grief.”

Earlier today President Michael D Higgins also expressed condolences with the people of Orlando.

“As President of Ireland I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the families of all those bereaved and affected by today’s tragedy.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Florida and the community in Orlando and Orange County at this difficult time. The loss of innocent life on such a horrendous scale is truly shocking and challenges us all.

“I have spoken to Ambassador O'Malley and personally conveyed my deepest sympathy and our nation's solidarity with the people of the United States at this time."