Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Regina Doherty TD condemns the tragic murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr

Deputy Regina Doherty today spoke of her horror of the murder of PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr over the weekend. The 25 year old was brought home to Bernagh, Co. Tyrone where his mother and family will lay him to rest tomorrow.  

Doherty agrees with the statement that the murder of PC Kerr on Saturday was ‘a useless attack on the peace process.’

“As a mother myself, I can only imagine the tragic sense of loss to his family and friends. This was a deplorable act committed by people with no respect for the peace process and the people of Northern Ireland. These people do not speak for anybody and are flying in the face of the people of Northern Ireland and all those who respect the authorities on both sides of the border.”

Constable Ronan Kerr had only recently qualified as a PSNI officer which seems to add and extra sense of tragedy to his death; he was one of the many individuals who trained hard to work to protect the community he served when his life was needlessly cut short.

‘This act is a devastating blow for all those who worked for and are committed to peace and democracy.’

‘The fact that the identity of the attackers is still unknown and that no one group or person has taken responsibility for this act of violence is a terrifying thought. These criminals clearly have access to very dangerous explosives and are using them against their fellow countrymen but to what end’

Deputy Doherty fully supports the statement of the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to aid the investigation in ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in the pursuit of justice for Ronan Kerr and his family.

Doherty would like to convey ‘her sincerest and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Brian Kerr’.

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