I note that the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has offered the “heartfelt sympathy” of the people of Ireland to those affected by the London bombings. He was speaking after signing a book of condolences opened at the British Embassy at Ballsbridge in south Dublin.
The Irish are good at opening books of condolences. It was back in 1945, 60 years ago, that Irish President Eamon de Valera offered his condolences to the German Ambassador, Edouard Hempel, on the death of Adolf Hitler. The first nation to express sympathy on the news of Hitler's death - quite a sobriquet.