In the aftermath of the distressing events that unfolded in Dublin last Thursday, our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the victims of the stabbing attack, their families and friends as well as the entire Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire community. We extend our heartfelt wishes for a swift recovery, both emotionally and physically, during this challenging time.

All of Comhlámh’s community were horrified to see the subsequent riots, looting, and devastation. We strongly condemn these acts of violence, and the incitement to hatred of those involved. Such actions only serve to deepen divisions within our beautiful city and country, and this is not the Ireland we want and love. This is not who we are as people.

We are grateful to all members of our community who continue to come together around the values of solidarity, respect, togetherness and empathy. Collectively, we are enriched by our diversity, and we reaffirm our commitment to working for an inclusive and welcoming city and country. We firmly denounce all acts of violence and the resulting fear that lingers within communities. As a society, we must work collectively to address the root causes of such tensions and foster an environment that values every individual, regardless of their background.

And we must continue to do so in ways that deepen care, love, understanding, friendship, tolerance, and common humanity.