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Statement by Minister Flanagan TD on death of Adrian Ismay

“I am deeply saddened to learn this afternoon of the death of Adrian Ismay, an officer of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, who had suffered serious injuries in a bomb attack in Belfast on Friday 4 March. I extend my sincere condolences to Adrian’s family, friends and colleagues at this dreadful time.

"As I previously said, this was a callous and cowardly attack on the entire community. We must work together to reject those who would wish to return Northern Ireland to the days when these heinous attacks were commonplace. Their futile agenda will not succeed. We best honour Adrian’s memory by redoubling our efforts to build a truly peaceful future for the people of Northern Ireland.”