An Irish family were caught up in the terror attack in Barcelona.

The mother and father are originally from the Philippines and are naturalised Irish citizens while their two children were both born in Ireland.

Their injuries are understood to be non life-threatening.

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs is assisting the family. Its officials opened a hotline in Dublin for anyone concerned about relatives in Spain on 01-408 2000, while the Irish Embassy in Madrid is also fielding calls on +34 9143 64093.

President Michael D Higgins led condemnation of the attack and sent a message of condolence.

“Barcelona has a long history of hospitality and has over the years received so many people from around the world,” he said.

“As President of Ireland, I want to send the people of this great and welcoming city not only our sympathy but also the solidarity of the people of Ireland.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “An attack of this nature, targeting the people of Barcelona and visitors enjoying that wonderful city in the height of the tourist season, is both wanton and cowardly, and has no place in our society.

Barcelona terror attackFlowers and candles are placed on the pavement on a street in Las Ramblas, Barcelona (Manu Fernandez/AP)

“At this time of immense grief, I want to offer our solidarity and support to the people of Spain, with whom we have such close relations.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said he was appalled by the attack.

“On behalf of the Irish Government, I wish to convey our condolences and solidarity with the people of Spain at this time,” he said.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan described it as an unspeakable act of terrorism and vowed that gardai would liaise closely with Spanish counterparts.

“It is clear that the intention of those who carried out this appalling, evil act was to kill, wound and terrorise innocent people enjoying the freedoms we share and cherish,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”