A victim of the enemies of peace- Deputy O’ Reilly extends his sympathy to family of Ronan Kerr in the Dail

At 4pm last Saturday the PSNI lost one of its newest members, twenty-five year old Constable Ronan Kerr. Ronan was only in the service a few months when his life was cruelly taken from him in a barbaric act by individuals who can only be described as ‘enemies of peace’.
The bomb was only the size of a lunchbox and weighed 500g, but it was enough to fatally injure the young constable.

As a representative of a border county, I can say without hesitation that this heinous act has been met with abhorrence across both borders. The actions and views of the individuals who carried out this attack do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people in the North or the Republic.

Already a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Ronan has attracted over 24,000 people. This is an indication of the level of condemnation of the atrocity by members of the wider public.

Young Unionists and Republicans in Northern Ireland wear their PSNI Uniforms with pride, and rightly so as they represent all that is positive about the ethos of the Good Friday Agreement and the continual strive for peace in Northern Ireland.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that ‘Those who carried it out want to drag us back to the misery and pain of the past. They are acting in defiance of the Irish people.’

I would fully endorse this statement.

Those who carried out this crime have no place in the future of neither Northern Ireland nor the continuing work that is being done with the Peace Process. They betrayed their community and they betrayed those who strived for peace in the North for decades.

They will not and must not succeed in quenching the democratic will of the people in the North.

Dr. Seamus Hegarty, Bishop of Derry, has pleaded with any young Catholic person who is considering joining the PSNI, asking them not to be deterred from serving the public and their community. We must do everything in our power to prevent us going backwards. The radical ideals of the past do not reflect the united vision for the future.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website