The United States Embassy in Dublin is the focus for Irish sympathies following the attacks on America on 11 September.

In Dublin, the focus of sympathy for the American people has been the US embassy in Ballsbridge, where Irish people including President Mary McAleese, have been joining US citizens in offering their condolences for the people who died and were injured in the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington.

At the American Embassy in Dublin, a steady trickle of people came to pay their respects to the victims of yesterday's attacks.

One woman who had come to pay her respects describes the aftermath of the attacks as similar to a "nuclear bomb". A young boy, Joey Nestor, who is also there to pay tribute to those who lost their lives says he can’t believe what happened.

Father Larry Kinneary, one of a group of tourists who arrived in Ireland from Boston yesterday, offered mass this morning for those who lost their lives and their families.

I don’t even think we can comprehend the terrible, terrible panic and fear and grief that everybody is feeling. Our hearts go out to them.

A dozen members of Dublin Fire Brigade arrived at the embassy to present the US Ambassador with a wreath. They were especially conscious of the fatalities among New York’s emergency services.

US Ambassador to Ireland Richard J Egan welcomed the demonstration of solidarity and the outpouring of sympathy from the firefighters, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, President McAleese and many others.

Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan TD described the atrocities as an attack on ordinary people. Labour Party leader Ruairí Quinn TD said,

I was both horrified and shocked and still can’t comprehend the scale of this attack. Not just on America, but on civilised values, on democracy, on the rule of law.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 September 2001. The reporter is Joe Little.