N Ireland condemns murder of rookie

2011-04-03 22:35
Omagh - Northern Ireland politicians expressed outrage on Sunday over the murder of a policeman in the British-ruled province, insisting the killing would not derail the peace process.

Catholic officer Ronan Kerr, 25, was killed on Saturday by a bomb placed under his car outside his home in the town of Omagh, the scene of Northern Ireland's worst terror atrocity.

He had completed his training only three weeks ago.

Responsibility for the attack has not yet been claimed.

However, senior politicians pointed towards dissident Catholic republicans who oppose the 1998 peace accords with Protestants.

"These people have not advanced by one millimetre their cause," Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson told BBC television.

"All they have done is united a community against them and left a mother and family stricken with all of the anguish that comes with the loss of a young son.

The policeman is only the second member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to be killed since it succeeded the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 2001 as part of the peace process. The other murder was in 2009.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott appealed for information on the attack.

"We need these people to be given up. We need these people to be taken out of communities and given up so that justice can be done," he said.

Saturday's attack came after the Northern Ireland Assembly dissolved last week ahead of local elections to be held on May 5.

It was the first time that the devolved, power-sharing administration - a keystone in the peace process - had completed a full four-year term.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said he was "calling on those who carried out this action to stop. There is no sense to it. There is no point to it and they should stop and stop now."


- SAPA

Read more on:    northern ireland
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9360

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone comes preloaded with Blackberry OS7...

From R1433.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.