22 people, including a number of children, have been confirmed dead following a suspected suicide bombing in Manchester.
59 people were also injured in the blast which happened outside Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, just after half past ten.
More than 400 police officers are working on the case and people in Manchester have been told they can expect to see armed police in the city.
Prime Minister Theresa May will chair an emergency Cobra meeting in Downing Street this morning, and political parties have suspended general election campaigns because of the attack.
Campaigning in the British election looks to be suspended for the day.
This morning, Ariana Grande has tweeted to say ‘broken, from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry’.
British Transport Police say extra officers will be on patrol at key railway stations today as well as on trains around the UK, while Manchester’s Victoria station remains closed.
Eyewitnesses have been describing harrowing experiences at the Arena.
Here, the Minister for Foreign Affairs says he’s not aware at the moment of any Irish citizens affected.
Charlie Flanagan has offered his condolences and says we stand by our nearest neighbour, especially due to the strong links between our country and the city of Manchester.
He says anyone with concerns for family and friends can contact the Consular Division of his Department on 01 408 2000.