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Ronan Kerr murder: Reward of £50,000 as Sinn Fein seeks to meet killers

By Deborah McAleese

With community assistance essential to the investigation into Constable Ronan Kerr’s murder, a £50,000 reward has been offered for information that will lead police to his killers.

News of the reward came as Irish premier Enda Kenny last night secured the backing of the entire Dail to pass a motion today condemning the “callous murder” of Mr Kerr.

And yesterday in Dublin, Gerry Adams told the Dail that he wanted to “speak directly to those responsible for violent actions”.

He said Sinn Fein had tried to contact the members of these murderous groups, but to no avail.

“So far you've refused to speak to us, you've dismissed us — in fact you've placed a death threat on some of us,” he said.

“I want to appeal to anyone who helped in any way to assist to shelter the perpetrators of this action or those who may in some way in the corner of their head or on a bar stool or in some other chat tried to justify this. Those who murdered Ronan Kerr are not the IRA — the IRA has left the stage,” he stated.

“I will meet you anywhere, at any time to listen to what you have to say,” added the Sinn Fein leader.

The £50,000 reward is being put up by independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers in a bid to secure crucial information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Police have appealed to the local community to help them identify everyone who entered and exited the Highfield development between Thursday evening, when they believe the 500g booby trap car bomb was planted, and Saturday afternoon when it was detonated by a tilt switch, which is set off by movement.

Crimestoppers has offered the reward in the hope it may encourage someone with essential information about those behind the bomb to come forward.

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