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Thursday, 16th January 2020

Bishop calls for an end to cycle of violence

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Bishop Michael Router.

Bishop Michael Router renews offer to act as intermediary

Bishop Michael Router, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh, has reacted to the brutal killing of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods by calling for an end to cycle of violence. He has also renewed his offer to act as an intermediary to liaise between the feuding groups.                                                  

He said that reports of the dismembered remains of the murdered teenager being left in two locations in Dublin, have shocked people to their very core. 

“All human life is sacred and an attack of this nature on someone who is still a child is disgusting and beyond belief” he said. 

“To murder another human being in such a way is to totally disregard the basic tenets of our Christian faith and is, indeed, an attack on God in whose image we are all made.  This desecration of life has diminished our common humanity and our sense of ourselves as a civilised people.

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“There are people living amongst us with blood on their hands, and we all have a responsibility to assist the Gardaí to apprehend, not just the perpetrators of this evil, but the gang leaders who orchestrated it.  

“Enough is enough.  The reprehensible sub-culture in our society which views all human life as expendable, including the lives of children, must be defeated.  Such gangs are grooming children and we need now to take back control so that such vulnerable children can be cherished, not exploited. 

“I earnestly hope that all the community-based organisations who fight against the scourge of drug abuse in our country will receive the resources that they need to be effective.  This issue needs to be seriously addressed in all communities during the current general election campaign as well as being a genuine priority for the next government.

“By way of prayer and action we all have a role to play in maintaining the common good.  I reiterate my offer to liaise between those who are feuding.  From the bottom of my heart, I ask individuals and communities to stand together and cooperate with Gardaí in every way possible to help permanently bring to an end this cycle of bloody violence in our community.

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