McAleese sends condolences to Norway

President Mary McAleese has sent condolences on behalf of Ireland to the people of Norway after last week's mass shooting tragedy near Oslo and the bombing in the capital.

"President McAleese has extended her condolences to King Harald of Norway and the Norwegian people, on behalf of the Irish people, in light of the terrible atrocity which was inflicted on them," said a statement on behalf of the president.

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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore offered condolences on behalf of the government while words of sympathy were also sent by all the Irish political parties and the youth wing of the Irish Labour Party which said in part: "the loss of any human life is a tragedy, and we offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the people of Norway as they come to terms with this tragic event.

"We are particularly horrified by the callous and brutal murder of our comrades in the Workers' Youth League of Norway. We are united in our shock and in our sadness. We share in their grief."