Taoiseach condemns murder of Prison Officer on M1 near Lurgan this morning.


Thursday 1st November 2012

Speaking from Berlin today the Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny, TD said:

“The brutal murder of Mr David Black, Prison Officer in the Northern Ireland Prison Service, on his way to work early this morning is deeply disturbing.  I utterly condemn the actions of those who carried it out and their scant regard for human life.

“I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and those of the Irish people to the family of the victim and to his colleagues.  The Tánaiste is in contact with the First and Deputy First Minister and has conveyed deepest sympathies on behalf of the Government.

“Those who committed this brutal act will rightly be condemned by all civilised and right-thinking people on this island who utterly reject such hideous and mindless violence.  Northern Minister for Justice David Ford has made clear his determination to bring those responsible to justice.  

“I also want to underline the excellent security co-operation that exists between the Garda and PSNI.”

The Taoiseach added that he will be meeting the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the North South Ministerial Council tomorrow.


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