The New IRA has been condemned after it launched a hate campaign against the Primate of All-Ireland.
Posters targeting the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, were put up outside St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry, only a short distance from where the terrorist group murdered Lyra McKee last year, The Sunday Life reported.
The hate campaign comes only months after Archbishop Martin encouraged young Catholics to join the PSNI.
‘I encourage the very best of our young people to seriously consider a career in the police,’ he wrote in a parish newsletter in February. ‘Help to shape the future of policing here and serve your community with generosity, concern, respect and courage.’
Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP and MP for Foyle, condemned the posters, saying they “achieve nothing”.
“The people of Derry have consistently endorsed parties who support involvement with the PSNI,” he told The Sunday Life.
“We are there to hold the PSNI to account because we need a police service to serve the community. Posters like these achieve nothing and I am glad that they have been removed.”
Picture: Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, celebrates Mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Armagh earlier this year during the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, as lockdown measures were eased allowing places of worship to reopen. (Liam McBurney/PA).