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Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr killed by Omagh car bomb weeks after graduating


 

Please believe me when I say 99.9% of people who live in N Ireland both Protestant and Roman Catholic want and believe in Peace.

It is one of the most beautiful and yes peaceful places in the world.

People here believe in Peace and want Peace they want to live their lives together and to build a better future for everyone.

I think one of the most powerful sound bite to come from our government in N Ireland came from Martin McGuinness deputy first minister of Northern Ireland when he said they do not speak for the republican people here I do!"

These are people who are pledged to destroy the peace and destroy a peace process that many of us have invested much of our adult lives in trying to bring about."

Mr Ronan Kerr’s Mother has urged young Catholics not to be deterred from joining the PSNI.

Our best wishes and prayers go to the Kerr Family in this time of hurt and pain……he was a very brave man………

Face of the rookie police man killed by Omagh car bomb just weeks after graduating.

 

The attack comes nearly 13 years after 29 people were killed by a car bomb planted by the Real IRA.

 

Killed: Ronan Kerr, 25, died after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Killed: Ronan Kerr, 25, died after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Deadly terrorism returned to the scene of Northern Ireland’s worst atrocity yesterday after a young Catholic policeman was murdered by a car bomb in Omagh.

Ronan Kerr, 25, who was was killed in the booby-trap blast  outside his home as he prepared to go to work, had only just completed his training.

No one has claimed responsibility for the 4pm explosion, which set what is thought to be PC Kerr’s private car ablaze.

But security experts believe the attack was carried out by dissident republicans trying to derail efforts to get more Catholics joining the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The attack comes nearly 13 years after 29 people were killed by a car bomb planted by the Real IRA.

The 1998 bombing by the IRA dissidents, came just four months after the signing of the historic Good Friday agreement in which unionists and nationalists agreed a power-sharing deal.

Last night tributes from close family and international politicians were paid to PC Kerr, who represented a new generation of officers trying to repair the image of the province’s police among the Catholic community.

The largely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, which became the PSNI in 2001, had been frequently accused by Catholics of siding with loyalists.

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers secure the area close to where police officer Ronan Kerr was killed in a under car bomb at his house in Omagh

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers secure the area close to where police officer Ronan Kerr was killed in a under car bomb at his house in Omagh

Booby trap: Mr Kerr was killed after the device exploded outside his home as he went to work

Booby trap: Mr Kerr was killed after the device exploded outside his home as he went to work

His brother Cathair, who moved to Sydney because of the recession, indicated on Twitter he would be coming home to Ireland, and said in a message on the site: ‘Rest in Peace my beloved brother. The best brother anyone could wish for.

‘I hope dad is there to meet you at heavens gates :(‘

A cousin, Michelle Kerr, wrote on Facebook, according to The Times: ‘There is sick b*****ds out there they Will rot in hell for what they done my cousin…Ronan didn’t deserve to be taken away. Ur with ur dad now rest in peace cuz xx Ronan u will be forever missed and never forgotten.’

Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Matt Baggott described PC Kerr as a ‘modern-day hero’.

He said: ‘We have lost one of our brave and courageous police recruits, someone who joined this fine service simply to do good, joined to serve the community impartially.

‘Tonight is one of the most sombre and saddest evenings of my service, tonight tragedy has returned to Omagh.

‘A mother has lost her brave son, made all the more horrific that it is Mothers’ Day today.

‘I can’t imagine what they are going through, but I saw their grief at first hand last night.’

Martin McGuinness

Matt Baggott

Tributes: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left) said those behind the attack had ‘betrayed’ Northern Ireland while Chief Constable of the PSNI Matt Baggott (right) expressed his anger and sadness at the bombing

Guard: A police officer stands near the scene of the fatal bomb blast in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Guard: A police officer stands near the scene of the fatal bomb blast in Omagh, Northern Ireland

PC Kerr’s murder was roundly condemned by the British, American and Irish Governments, Stormont, church leaders and cross-party representatives.

Last night Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin Guinness is understood to have visited Mr Kerr’s family.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘Those who carried out this wicked and cowardly crime will never succeed in dragging Northern Ireland back to a dark and bloody past,’ he warned.

‘Their actions are rejected by the overwhelming majority of people from all parts of the community.’

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the bomb attack as a heinous and pointless act of terror.

‘Those who carried it out want to drag us back to the misery and pain of the past’" he said.

‘They are acting in defiance of the Irish people.’

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Search: Forensic officers examine the area around the bomb blast. Mr Kerr's murder has been condemned by political figures in Northern Ireland

Search: Forensic officers examine the area around the bomb blast. Mr Kerr’s murder has been condemned by political figures in Northern Ireland

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband, former president Bill Clinton, played a major role in the peace process, said her government strongly condemned the murder in Omagh.

‘The perpetrators of this cowardly act represent the failures of the past and their actions run counter to the achievements, aspirations, and collective will of the people of Northern Ireland,’ she said.

‘We echo the unequivocal condemnations by Northern Ireland’s politicians and call on anyone with information to cooperate fully and expediently with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.’

The explosion happened as the officer got into his car in the residential Highfield Close development, which is off the main Gortin Road, just before 4pm.

It is understood the victim, a former pupil of the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh, was leaving to start a shift at Enniskillen police station.

About 2,000 people taking part in the Omagh Half Marathon had earlier passed the nearby entrance to the estate.

First Minister Peter Robinson said the murder was shocking and deplorable.

‘This attack is intended to deter young Catholics from joining the police and I urge them not to be deterred by those who have nothing to offer our society,’ he said.

Tragedy: Chief Constable Matt Baggot slammed the killing and described it as a 'waste of a modern-day hero'

Tragedy: Chief Constable Matt Baggot slammed the killing and described it as a ‘waste of a modern-day hero’

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: ‘Whoever carried out this act offer nothing to the community and have no role to play in our future.

‘They have betrayed the community and set themselves against the will of the people of Ireland. No cause is served by this act and let no excuse be acknowledged.’

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said the people are ‘seething with anger’ over the murder and appealed for anyone with information on the attack to come forward: ‘This isn’t just something which unionists or others will be concerned about.

‘The people who I know, and who I have known all my life, the people I have been in touch with overnight, are seething with anger.

‘They just see this as a futile action. And some of those are very, very hard-boiled republicans who have been through the hardest part of this struggle over the past 30 or 40 years, who have suffered themselves grievously.

‘They just feel outright anger at what has occurred.’

Dissidents have carried out a string of similar attacks on Catholic PSNI officers in recent years.

PC Stephen Carroll, 48, was gunned down in March 2009, just two days after the Real IRA shot two British soldiers dead at the Massereene Army base in Antrim.

And PC Peadar Heffron was seriously injured when a device exploded under the driver’s seat of his car in west Belfast in January 2010.

Irish President Mary McAleese said she was deeply shocked and saddened by the most recent callous murder.

‘This heinous crime will not succeed in its evil intent of destroying the peaceful and democratic future to which the people of Northern Ireland are so clearly committed,’ Mrs McAleese, who comes from Belfast, added.

On alert: A police officer stops a car near the scene of the bombing

On alert: A police officer stops a car near the scene of the bombing

Investigation: Mr Kerr was part of a policy to recruit at least 30 per cent of new officers from the Catholic community

Investigation: Mr Kerr was part of a policy to recruit at least 30 per cent of new officers from the Catholic community

Secretary of State Owen Paterson described the killing as a cruel and evil act.

‘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.’

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, said the deliberate taking of innocent human life is always wrong.

He said: ‘I implore the perpetrators of this shameful killing to realise the futility of their actions and to call off this senseless campaign.’

Presbyterian Moderator Dr Norman Hamilton described the killing as an evil and despicable act by people whose only contribution to society is to bring death and destruction.

‘The courage and commitment of the PSNI officer who has given his life are the qualities we all must show as we continue to build our shared future together and banish hatred and killing to the past,’ he said.

PC Kerr’s death comes less than two weeks after the PSNI announced a positive discrimination policy in favour of Catholic recruits was to be abolished.

A 1999 report by Lord Patten recommended that after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, 50 per cent of all new PSNI recruits should be Catholic.

When the 50-50 policy was introduced in 2001, Catholics made up about 8 per cent of the police service. By 2010, the level had risen to just over 27 per cent. Currently, 29.76 per cent of officers come from the Catholic community.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Patterson announced last month that the recruitment rules were to be scrapped as ‘a significant provision’ of officers were now Catholic.

Changes to Northern Ireland’s police force have been widely embraced by nationalists but extremists such as the Real IRA continue to oppose Catholics joining the force.

By Daily Mail Reporter | Mail Online

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April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Death, Disgusting, Internet, Just Wrong, nature, People, Politics |

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