Minister Andrews condemns murder of Rosemary Nelson
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr David Andrews, T.D., has condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of Rosemary Nelson.
"Her murder is a very deliberate attempt to intimidate those whose task it is to provide legal representation to those who need it: legal representation is a basic civil right to which all people are entitled. But it goes further than that; it is very clearly designed to sabotage the peace process at this very critical time. Ms Nelson was a conscientious and diligent advocate and I met her myself in this context.
"Rosemary Nelson's murderers clearly have no interest in the peaceful future which the people of Ireland, North and South, voted for so overwhelmingly in the referendums on the Good Friday Agreement. They have rejected the democratic will of the people and must be isolated.
"I have just spoken to Paul Murphy, Minister for Political Development in Northern Ireland, and conveyed my deep sense of concern about this terrible event and have emphasised the absolute importance of bringing those responsible for her murder to justice as speedily as possible.
"I would like to convey my deepest condolences to Rosemary Nelson's family at this time."