"I deplore the kidnapping of people and the subsequent robbery at a post office in Drogheda.  This is one of the most vicious forms of crime and our sympathies go out to the victims.

Based on initial information I have received I have asked the Garda authorities to let me have a detailed report on the circumstances surrounding the incident, including, in particular, whether agreed procedures for dealing with this sort of incident were followed."

2 August 2011