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The Shooting of a Police Officer in North Belfast

Part of Matter of the Day – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:00 pm on 23rd January 2017.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 12:00 pm, 23rd January 2017

First, I extend my sympathy and my best wishes to the young officer who was wounded in last night's shooting in north Belfast. I hope that he makes a full recovery, physically and mentally, from the impact of his injuries, and I send good wishes today to him and his family. I also extend my best wishes to his colleagues who were at the scene last night and to those throughout Northern Ireland whose sense of safety has been shaken again as they go about serving our community and securing our safety.

My thoughts are also with the members of the public who were in that garage last night, going about their business when this reckless attack took place. This was not an attack on an individual police officer or an attack on the PSNI; this was an attack on our entire community. It says all that we need to know about the kind of people who were involved that they would attempt to kill a person who is serving their community and do so with such reckless disregard for the community in which they serve. These people are nothing but despicable cowards. They have nothing to offer the people of Northern Ireland. I focus my thoughts and my best wishes on those like the young officer who was affected; those who want to give service to their community and to make it a better place. I send our best wishes to him today.