Jordan Armstrong, TUV Candidate for East Londonderry has spoken of the “evil that still lurks within Northern Ireland” following the death of Prison Officer Adrian Ismay.
In a statement, Mr Armstrong said : “With news just a few weeks ago of a bomb detonating under an innocent prison officer’s vehicle, Northern Ireland was reminded of when such incidents were common to advance the goal of the Provisional IRA. Indeed, given the nature of the bomb and the material used the build it one is entitled to ask if supposedly decommissioned weaponry was used in this attack.
“Remember that last year’s report into paramilitaries reminded us that the idea of complete IRA decommissioning was a sham.
“With the evil that still lurks in Northern Ireland, it is brave men like Adrian who, with selfless acts put themselves into positons to make our society a safer place. It is with great gratitude we thank those men and women who serve our society.
“The people of Northern Ireland have followed many coffins to the grave due to acts of terrorism, and sadly with the death of prison officer Adrian Ismay, this will happen again.
“A colleague of Adrian Ismay contacted me to express their great sadness of his death and told of how he held him in high esteem. He commented: “Adrian had a great way talking to people, a member of St Johns Ambulance, Foyle Search and Rescue, and with his commitment to volunteer to help others was inspiring.”
“He further commented of his disgust of the cheers of the dissident prisoners when they heard the news of his passing. This highlighted the depths of their depravity.
“My thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the Ismay family and wider circle for their loss.”