Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor has this evening issued a statement on the death of prison officer Mr Adrian Ismay. Bishop Treanor said:
In consultation with the lead Catholic Chaplain and the prisons’ chaplaincy team, I was shocked upon receiving the tragic news earlier today of the death of Mr Adrian Ismay. I extend my deepest condolences and my prayerful support to his family in their grief and to his colleagues within the prison service at this extremely difficult time.
As a society, let us be more determined than ever to work for peace and for the good of each other. The future of Northern Ireland can only find its foundation in community engagement and political dialogue rather than through the senseless and destructive pursuit of violence.