The people of Limerick have been offered an opportunity to express their sympathy and show their solidarity with the people of Northern Ireland following the murder of Catholic PSNI officer Ronan Kerr in Tyrone on April 2 last.
A book of condolences has been opened at County Hall, and members of the public are invited to sign the book which will remain open until Tuesday, April 19.
The book of condolences was officially opened by Leas Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr Michael Sheahan who described the murder of the 25-year-old as “an absolute travesity”.
PC Kerr died when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, Co Tyrone over a week ago, sending shockwaves across the country, and uniting political parties, sports bodies and religious leaders in their condemnation of the murder and attack on the peace process.
“It is sad to think that there are still people in this country who will just put a bomb together, put it under a car and blow somebody up,” Cllr Sheahan told the Limerick Chronicle.
The councillor, who was first to sign the book followed by the county secretary, Eugene Griffin, said the book was opened to show solidarity with the people of Northern Ireland. “It also shows solidarity with the peace process and we felt it was important to do that. After the Troubles in the North, people have come a long, long way. Reconcilation is everywhere. We just felt that we should show our sympathy with our friends and neighbours across the border.”
The councillor said the people behind the bomb attack clearly do not believe in democracy and do not accept the will of the vast majority of people on this island.
He said the unified and unequivocal response from people from all communities who are outraged by this atrocity will, hopefully, make the killers think twice.
“We would welcome and invite as many people as possible, if they have the opportunity or are visiting the Crescent Shopping Centre, to pop in and show their solidarity with the people of Northern Ireland.”