The British flag is flying at Cork City Hall as a mark of respect to the victims of last night's atrocity in Manchester.
22 people are confirmed to have died with over 50 others injured. An explosion occurred at the end of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena.
— Cork City Council (@corkcitycouncil) May 23, 2017
Earlier, President Higgins released the following statement expressing his sympathy and disbelief:
"This cowardly attack on innocent citizens will have appalled all those who care for democracy, freedom and the right to live and enjoy the public space.
Manchester has been home to the Irish and so many nationalities for centuries and at this terrible time I want to send the people of this great and welcoming city not only our sympathy but our solidarity.
Our thoughts in Ireland are with all of the people of Manchester and our neighbours throughout the United Kingdom at this time.
I am conveying this message to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and I will be writing formally to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to convey the sympathy of the Irish people."