From the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh:
‘In the aftermath of the brutal murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last night in Bellurgan our first thoughts must be with his wife Caroline and his family. Those of us of religious faith will hold them in our prayers.
‘The callous taking of any human life is a vicious insult against humanity and against the God who gives us life. In addition, the murder of a servant of society in pursuit of his or her duties is an assault on society itself and each one of us. Let us never become indifferent to the reality that we have all been attacked by this deed.
‘My colleague, Archbishop Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, joins with me in expressing on behalf of the whole Church of Ireland our absolute censure of this action and our sincere sympathy to Detective Garda Donohoe’s family.’
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