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Kenny hails unity at Kerr funeral

Ireland has been united by its opposition to those who killed Constable Ronan Kerr, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

Mr Kenny became the first Irish premier to attend a police funeral in Northern Ireland.

He walked in the cortege among Stormont politicians of all shades who set aside historic divisions to honour the 25-year-old killed by dissident republicans.

"I was actually honoured and privileged to be here today to represent the people on behalf of the Government and as Taoiseach," he said.

"I have been at many funerals over the years but this one, symbolically, was as powerful as you could get.

"Every strata of Irish society across this island was represented here today. In fact Ireland united against this kind of action."

He endorsed what he said was a powerful appeal by Catholic Primate Cardinal Sean Brady to end all violence and steer young people towards peace.

The Taoiseach said the display of unity at the funeral spoke more strongly than any words.

Mr Kenny added: "I admire the courage of Nuala Kerr and her family... A young lad has had his life taken away, by probably another young person who was instructed to do this.

"And I hope that the co-operation levels between the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and the Garda will bring about a situation where those who were responsible are brought before the law of the land and the courts."

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