The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has described as unspeakably evil the suspected terrorist attack in Berlin last night.

The Tánaiste said "This appears to have been an attack not just on people innocently going about their business preparing for Christmas, but on freedom itself.

Our values of democracy and liberty are the target of those who wish to see a world of dark tyranny imposed on us all.

I know particularly from my international Ministerial counterparts that there is a steady determination to continue to take - and where possible enhance - measures to counteract this threat. And An Garda Siochana will continue to work closely with their international colleagues to this end.

Ultimately the values we cherish so deeply will prevail."