Lurgan ‘recklessness’ condemned

Bishop John McAreavey has condemned the attempt at the weekend to lure and murder police officers in Lurgan.

The Bishop of Dromore said those who attempted to kill police officers “have nothing to offer the people of Northern Ireland but despair and death”.

“The day of the bomb and the bullet has no place in a democratic society. It was only by sheer luck that no one was killed,” he said.

Noting that had it not been for the vigilance of the community, Dr McAreavey said “the recklessness of those responsible for this attack could have caused the death of police officers and civilians alike”.

He appealed to organisations to desist from further acts of violence.

“Northern Ireland has witnessed too many dark days in our past to allow our whole community to be dragged backwards,” he said.