Eternal vigilance is the price of peace
Published 04/04/2011 | 05:00
CONSTABLE Ronan Kerr lived all his short life in a time of turbulence, but also a time of optimism. His cruel and cowardly murder shows that the turbulence has not yet ended, and it has weakened the tender plant of optimism which in recent years has grown in Northern Ireland.
At the age of 25, he himself exemplified some of the roots of that optimism.
The long, weary negotiations to bring peace to the North scored one of their greatest successes with the creation of a non-sectarian police force, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Like thousands of other Catholics, Ronan Kerr joined the force. His ambition was to serve all the community, to enable Catholics and Protestants to live together in peace.