Ronan Kerr's family call on North's voters to back elections

The family of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr has called on all sides to back the peace process by voting in tomorrow's elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

A statement from the family of Constable Kerr said: “This is our only democratic means to reaffirm our need for peace,”

Constable Kerr, 25, a Catholic, was blown up when a bomb exploded underneath his car outside his home in Omagh, Co Tyrone, last month.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process were responsible for the attack.

Some of the parties who finish campaigning later today fear tomorrow’s turn-out could be low because of public apathy.

But Constable Kerr’s family from Beragh, Co Tyrone, said they wanted everyone to continue supporting the 1998 Good Friday Agreement by going to the polls.

They said it did not matter which party they voted for, as long as they backed the peace process.

A statement added: “We are all working for a common goal and the need to stand firm together on this, playing our part in bringing about change.

“By not voting, we are allowing the men of violence control and power over our lives. By exercising our democratic right to vote, we are condemning violence, ensuring power sharing and mutual respect and supporting law and order in our country.

“We need politicians and a police force to represent and protect all sections of our community. We need to use this opportunity to have our say and we each have to take responsibility for ensuring we have a peaceful country, free of fear and intimidation and providing us all hope for the future.”

More on this topic

Man released in police murder investigation

Second arrest made by police investigating officer killing

Kerr killers 'achieved nothing'Kerr killers 'achieved nothing'

Kerr murder gang linked to other crimes

More in this Section

Man arrested in connection with Frankie Dunne murder released without chargeMan arrested in connection with Frankie Dunne murder released without charge

Government-chartered flights during Covid-19 crisis cost almost €900,000Government-chartered flights during Covid-19 crisis cost almost €900,000

Public health officials to confirm if all pubs can reopen next weekPublic health officials to confirm if all pubs can reopen next week

Simon Coveney defends Taoiseach's travel to Brussels for 'essential work'Simon Coveney defends Taoiseach's travel to Brussels for 'essential work'


Lifestyle

Ubisoft has given us a look of some of their upcoming releasesGame Tech: A glimpse of Far Cry 6 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Exfoliating cleansers are the first step in upgrading your skincare routine.The Skin Nerd: How to get active when it comes to cleansing

The arrival of the new baby has led to a tricky family dynamic in the Cork-set show, writes Georgia HumphreysBaby's arrival leads to more adventures as the Young Offenders return

THIS week, a gap emerges between my wife and me, until Netflix saves the day.Learner Dad: A week in the sun wasn’t worth all the second-guessing about green lists

More From The Irish Examiner