Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson echoed the words of First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, and many others when he said that those responsible for killing Constable Ronan Kerr would not put off the peace process.
‘The people in all parts of Ireland and beyond want peace and those who carried out this atrocity are in the grip of an obscene delusion if they think that by murder they can defy their will,’ he said. ‘They must know that they can never succeed in defeating the democratic will of the people.’
Others to offer their condolences and condemnations include Prime Minister David Cameron, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward, Chairman of the Police Federation Terry Spence, Irish President Mary McAleese, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, church leaders from Catholic and Protestant denominations, the Gaelic Athletic Association, and party officials from across the political spectrum. Individuals and communities have also come together in recent days to express their support for Kerr’s family.
The Trade Union Movement has organised a peace rally to be held in Belfast city centre this Wednesday at 1pm, in honour of Constable Kerr. The ICTU released the following statement yesterday:
UNIONS CALL ON ALL CITIZENS TO STAND UP FOR PEACE
The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions calls on all workers and their families to show their outrage at the barbaric murder of Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh last weekend.’
The rally is only expected to last for 15 minutes, and is unaffiliated with the education funding protests scheduled for later that afternoon. Fair Cop will be covering the event and getting peoples’ reactions afterwards.
Find complete coverage of the bombing and investigation at BBC Northern Ireland and the Belfast Telegraph. Also from the BBC: Stormont press conference with First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Justice Minister David Ford, and PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott.