18 March 2004 Edition
Adams condemns Madrid attacks
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams condemned the series of bomb attacks in Madrid that caused great loss of life. "This is an appalling act," he said. "It is wrong and those involved should stop. Like everyone else I have been horrified by the images of this mornings atrocity and my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and those who have been injured."
On behalf of the Sinn Féin grouping on Omagh District Council in Tyrone, Barry McElduff extended condolences and sincere sympathy to the families of all those killed and injured and to all the peoples of Spain who are collectively sharing in their grief and suffering.
"Given our own experiences," he said, "the people of Omagh particularly empathise with their plight and it is important that this Council register this empathy in a manner which will bring solace, healing and hope to the victims of this terrible event and to the peoples of Spain.
"Our immediate concern must be for the victims and their families. We sincerely hope that they find some comfort from the knowledge that our hearts go out to them at this time.
"As well as conveying our sympathy we also offer our reassurance that we are committed to bringing all situations of conflict to an end.
"While we cannot be prescriptive as to how best this can be achieved in all situations we feel that the lessons of our own experiences in this regard will offer hope for others in conflict situations elsewhere."