Murdered P.S.N.I. Constable had family links to Monaghan

8 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Members of Monaghan Co Council united on Monday in outright condemnation of the murder of PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh, Co Tyrone on Saturday last.
All present at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Council observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to the deceased, and a vote of sympathy was passed with the late Mr Kerr’s mother Nuala and family. It was agreed that a representative of the Council would attend yesterday, Wednesday’s Requiem Mass for the murdered policeman at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beragh.
It was stated during the Council discussion that the late Mr Kerr, who was killed in a car-bomb explosion as he left his home to take up duty at Enniskillen Police Station in Co Fermanagh, had family links with Co Monaghan, with a number of his relatives residing in the north of the county.
Fianna Fáil councillor Pádraig McNally said he wished to express condemnation and move a vote of sympathy in relation to the killing of the young police constable. As a Border county, he felt Monaghan should extend its sympathy to Ronan Kerr’s mother, two brothers and sister, who had been bereaved by what was a terrible deed.
The act, coming in the current times of peace on this island, made it even more horrific, the South Monaghan representative stated. Hearing the newsflash of the killing had been unreal, as they had very few such news items in recent years. It brought one back to the dark days of the past when they heard such news on a daily basis.
Colr McNally strongly condemned the actions of those who planted the bomb under the car of a defenceless young policeman who had only been three weeks qualified. The message had to go out to the people involved that they had no role, act or part to play, and anything they were attempting to do was obsolete. The sooner they got this very strong message and took heed of it, the better.
“They are representing no-one only a very tiny minority of narrow-minded people like themselves,” Colr McNally stated of the perpetrators. While he noted no-one had yet claimed responsibility for the murder, some individuals had carried it out, and the Co Council should say to them that they had no role in this society. People wanted peace and were enjoying peace.

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