Gardaí show support for Muslim community in Ireland by attending Friday prayer in local mosques 2 months ago

Gardaí show support for Muslim community in Ireland by attending Friday prayer in local mosques

It is an act of solidarity following the heartbreaking events in New Zealand.

Some members of the Garda are set to attend Friday prayer in mosques in different communities around the country in a show of support following the deaths of 49 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.

They were killed in shootings during Friday prayers at two mosques, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned."

Four people have been taken into custody in relation to the attack.

Speaking to JOE, the Gardai said that "An Garda Síochána has a productive and positive relationship with the Muslim community in Ireland built up over many years.

"As part of this and to provide support following the terrible events in New Zealand, community Gardaí will be attending Friday prayer in their local mosque and making themselves available to those communities."

This follows on from a similar statement made by the Garda Info Twitter account, saying that:

"To provide support to the Muslim community in Ireland after the terrible events in New Zealand, community Gardaí will be attending Friday prayer in their local mosque and making themselves available to those communities."