Beragh, Co Tyrone: Political Leaders To Attend Funeral Of Murdered PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr

6 Apr

NEWS UPDATE:

The funeral mass of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr is taking place in the village of Beragh in Co Tyrone.

 Beragh - Funeral of Ronan Kerr taking place in Tyrone village
 Beragh – Funeral of Ronan Kerr taking place in Tyrone village
 
 Beragh - Mickey Harte helped to carry the coffin
 Beragh – Mickey Harte helped to carry the coffin
 
Political leaders from both sides of the border are attending the funeral of murdered PSNI constable Ronan Kerr in the village of Beragh, Co Tyrone.

PC Kerr, 25, died in Omagh on Saturday when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been joined by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

It is the first time for Mr Robinson to attend a requiem mass.

Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan was killed in the Omagh bombing in 1998, along with local politicians from Unionists and Nationalists backgrounds are also in attendance.

Family members, PSNI colleagues and GAA officials and players helped carry the coffin from the Kerr family home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

GAA President Christy Cooney and Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte also helped to carry the coffin.

A guard of honour outside the church was made up of local school children, PSNI officers and members of Mr Kerr’s former football club.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan arrived at the church with PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

Cardinal Seán Brady, the chief celebrant, said violence had absolutely nothing to offer except misery and destruction.

As the funeral takes place, large crowds were expected to gather in Belfast city centre at a trade union-organised peace rally to protest at the killing.

Mr Kenny told the Dáil yesterday that the Government would do its utmost to make sure gardaí had the resources it needed to co-operate with the PSNI in its investigation.

Mr Kerr was just weeks into his first posting as a PSNI constable. He was a Catholic and a member of the Beragh Red Knights club in his home parish.

He is survived by his mother, Nuala, a widow, as well as his sister and two brothers.

Independent charity Crimestoppers yesterday offered a £50,000 (€57,000) reward for information that will help detectives catch the constable’s killers.

After announcing his decision to attend the funeral yesterday, Mr Robinson told a meeting of business leaders in Belfast that the murder served only to strengthen the resolution of politicians to make peace work.

‘This was an utterly futile act designed to divide and destroy,’ he said.

‘The killers have succeeded in taking the life of a brave police officer but in doing so they have strengthened the resolve of the rest of our society in our commitment never to go back to the division and conflict of the last generation.’

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Political leaders from both sides of the border will attend the funeral of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr, who was killed a booby-trap bomb detonated under his car on Saturday.

Funeral For Murdered N Ireland Policeman

 Omagh - Book of condolence opened for murdered policeman
Omagh – Book of condolence opened for murdered policeman
 
 Ronan Kerr - Killed outside his home on Saturday afternoon
Ronan Kerr – Killed outside his home on Saturday afternoon.

Political leaders from both sides of the border will attend the funeral of murdered PSNI constable Ronan Kerr.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is travelling to the village of Beragh in Co Tyrone for the requiem mass.

He will be joined by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott and his counterpart Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan will also pay their respects.

Mr Kenny told the Dáil yesterday that the Government would do its utmost to make sure gardaí had the resources it needed to co-operate with the PSNI in its investigation.

As the funeral takes place this afternoon, large crowds are expected to gather in Belfast city centre at a trade union-organised peace rally to protest at the weekend killing.

PC Kerr, 25, died in Omagh on Saturday when a booby-trap bomb detonated under his car.

Independent charity Crimestoppers yesterday offered a £50,000 (€57,000) reward for information that will help detectives catch the constable’s killers.

After announcing his decision to attend the funeral yesterday, Mr Robinson told a meeting of business leaders in Belfast that the murder served only to strengthen the resolution of politicians to make peace work.

‘This was an utterly futile act designed to divide and destroy,’ he said.

‘The killers have succeeded in taking the life of a brave police officer but in doing so they have strengthened the resolve of the rest of our society in our commitment never to go back to the division and conflict of the last generation.’

NEWS UPDATE:

A 38-year-old man is due before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court in Co Tyrone today charged with a number of firearms offences.

PSNI - Weapons found in search at the weekend
 PSNI – Weapons found in search at the weekend

A 38-year-old man is due before Dungannon Magistrates’ Court in Co Tyrone today charged with a number of firearms offences.

They include possession of explosives, a sub-machinegun and ammunition and three shotguns.

The weapons and ammunition were found during a search in Omagh on Sunday.

The PSNI says the charges are not connected with the murder of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh on Saturday.

  • Dáil condemnation of Ronan Kerr’s murder
  • McGuinness condemns ‘enemies of peace’
  • Nuala Kerr: ‘Do not let the death be in vain’
  • Policeman killed in car explosion in Omagh
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