Minute's Silence to Mark 25th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

Before proceeding to Leaders' Questions, we will now, as agreed, pause to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. It is almost inconceivable that a short quarter of a century ago in Europe, approximately 8,000 men and boys were forcefully removed from their homes and loving families and executed, slaughtered in cold blood for who they were and for the faith they wished to express peacefully. We must never allow this dark episode in our Continent's history to fade and I commend the ongoing voluntary work of the Bosnia-Herzogovina Association of Ireland in this regard. We are fortunate to have many Bosnians living here in Ireland and actively involved with their communities, many of them personally touched or impacted by the events of 1995. Therefore, it is important we stand for a minute's silence to indicate that we remember them. Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad.

Members rose.