Congressman Richard E. Neal, Ranking Member of the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the United States Representatives, released the following statement after a police officer was killed in a car bomb explosion in Omagh, Northern Ireland:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young police officer who was killed in Omagh today in a senseless act of violence. He was only 25 years old and had his entire life ahead of him. As a senior member of the Friends of Ireland in the United States Congress, I extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and colleagues.
Those responsible for this murder are cowards. If these criminals think they are going to turn back the clock and stop the change that is happening across Northern Ireland they are mistaken. They have no support on the island of Ireland and they have no support in the United States of America. Quite simply, they are on the wrong side of history. And they must be brought to justice.
The overwhelming majority of the people in Northern Ireland support the democratic institutions and want peace and reconciliation. The United States supports their hopes and aspirations. During this sad and difficult hour, we will continue to stand with them as they work together to transform their society and build a shared future.”