Skip to main content

Tánaiste condemns murder of prison officer in Northern Ireland

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal murder of a prison officer in  his car in Northern Ireland this morning. 

I convey my sympathies and that of the Irish Government to his grieving family.

I have spoken to First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to convey sympathies on behalf of the Government to our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Executive.   I have also spoken with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. 

I know that I speak for every decent man, woman and child on this island, North and South, in expressing revulsion at this act. 

Minister Ford has made clear his determination to bring those responsible to justice. I want to underline our determination to work closely and determinedly with the PSNI to make sure this happens.

There will be no return to the dark and violent days of the past.  The tragic loss of life that we have seen this morning serves only to bring us together in a shared grief and a shared determination to work together in building a better future for all.