Brussels attacks force cancellation of Easter Rising event

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE''Handout photo taken with permission from the Facebook page of Bart van Meele of the scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE''Handout photo taken with permission from the Facebook page of Bart van Meele of the scene at Brussels Airport after two explosions were heard

A two-day celebration of the 1916 Easter Rising, which was due to take place at the European Parliament in Brussels today and tomorrow has been cancelled, with Martina Anderson MEP among a number of delegates returning home.

Sinn Féin confirmed the event was cancelled out of respect for the victims of the Brussels terror attacks on Tuesday morning, March 22.

“All events have been cancelled and flights back to Ireland have been arranged for the visitors,” a spokesperson confirmed. “Martina was travelling via London and Paris with a group of 20 from the north, but again they have made alternative arrangements to get home.”

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness expressed shock and condemnation at the attacks.

“This morning’s attacks on people at airport and metro stations in Brussels are deplorable and I condemn them unreservedly.

“My thoughts, as with everyone in Ireland at this time, will be with those killed or injured.

“I have been in contact with Sinn Féin representatives and staff travelling to and in Brussels this morning to express my concern and I now want to extend solidarity and support to the people of Brussels at this awful time.”