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Alliance Party Leader, Sean Neeson has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of Constable O’Reilly, and has extended his sympathy to the family.

Mr Nesson said:

“Constable O’Reilly is a victim of the poison of naked sectarianism which flaunts itself daily on the streets of Portadown.

“I plead to all those involved in the conflict there to get round the table and to sort out their difficulties.

“Otherwise I fear that further sorrow will be inflicted on other innocent families.”

Alliance Deputy Leader, Seamus Close, has condemned today’s murder of a man in Dunmurry.

Seamus Close, Lisburn Borough Councillor, said:

“Whatever the circumstances, there is no justification for a single one of the recent murders and shootings. None of the organisations involved have the right to take away human life.”

Newtownabbey Alliance Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr. Jim Rooney, has expressed his “revulsion” at last Friday’s murder of Mr. Gerry Devlin at St. Edna’s GAA club in Glengormely.

Alderman Rooney said the “vicious” slaying of Mr. Devlin had brought unnecessary pain and anguish to the popular GAA man’s family.

The Alliance Councillor said: “I utterly condemn this awful murder which has brought so much pain and suffering to the family of Mr. Devil. The people of Glengormley are united in their expression of total disgust against this evil and sectarian deed.

“The horrific nature of this ghastly act has numbed the people of Glengormley and Belfast. It came at a time when Mr. Devlin’s family were preparing for Christmas and now their world has been turned upside down by this vile act.

“This is a killing of an innocent man and I would urge anyone with information about the crime to contact the police immediately. It’s imperative that whoever was involved in the murder should be brought to justice immediately.

“The killing is also particularly alarming at a time when politicians at Stormont are attempting to formulate a peace settlement for all our people. We cannot allow those from outside the democratic process to prevent us from moving forward.”

Alderman Rooney added: “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Mr. Devlin’s wife and to his two children. And I know that the people of Glengormley will support them in their time of need.”

South Antrim Alliance Councillor David Ford has condemned last Friday’s murder of Mr. Gerry Devlin at St. Edna’s GAA club in Glengormley.

Councillor Ford said: “I would like to reiterate my condemnation of this horrific crime and I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Mr. Devlin’s family. And as we approach Christmas – this brutal murder seems particularly repugnant.

“There is increasing belief among local people and members of the security forces that the murder was sectarian. This community wants no part in a killing which can in no way be justified for any cause – political, sectarian or otherwise.

“And I would call on anyone with information about this terrible deed to contact the police immediately and bring those involved to justice”.