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10 March 2009: Durkan officer tribute

Northern Ireland Assembly

The Assembly shared the shock felt across Northern Ireland at the death of Constable Stephen Carroll, who was shot dead by dissident republicans in Craigavon on the evening of Monday 9 March.

Less than 24 hours after MLAs had gathered in the chamber to present a united message in response to the Masserene shootings, Constable Carroll's death brought to three the number of victims murdered by dissident republicans.

Representatives stood to express condolences on behalf of all the political parties in the Assembly.

Finance Minister Nigel Dodds spoke on behalf of the DUP to call on everyone to "join as one to defeat those who would drag this province back to the past", and asked for words of support to the security forces to be backed up with deeds.

Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey emphasised the "unity of purpose" that existed across the political parties to bring the killers to justice.

SDLP leader Mark Durkan asked that those in the armed forces, the health service, and victims of past attacks be remembered, and Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey underlined the continuing strength of Assembly and the PSNI in light of the attacks.

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