Statement by Minister Ahern on the death of Mr. Kenneth Bigley
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., today expressed deep shock at, and strongly condemned the murder of Mr. Kenneth Bigley.
The Minister said:
“I am profoundly shocked and saddened at the death of Kenneth Bigley. And I am desperately disappointed that all our efforts and pleadings for mercy and humanity to be shown to Kenneth went unanswered. I want to extend, on my own behalf and that of the Government, my most sincere condolences to his mother and to his family, whose courage and fortitude we came to know and admire over recent weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this tragic time, as are those of all Irish people, at home and abroad.
I strongly deplore this cruel and barbaric act, and call for an immediate end to the inhumane practice of seizing and killing hostages in Iraq.”