Statement by Minister Martin on the murder of Fr. Jeremiah Roche
Murder of Fr. Jeremiah Roche
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, TD
‘I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Fr. Jeremiah Roche in such tragic circumstances. Fr. Jeremiah was a member of the Kiltegan Fathers and had dedicated his life to helping the poorest of the poor in Kenya since 1968. His untimely death is yet another terrible reminder of the threats faced daily by our missionaries and aid workers all over the world.
I have spoken to the Kiltegan Fathers and to Mr. Roche’s family this morning to convey my deepest sympathies and to offer all possible assistance. Our Honorary Consul in Kenya will be maintaining close contact with the Kenyan authorities to ensure that a full investigation is carried out and that every effort is made to apprehend Fr. Roche’s attackers.
My thoughts are with Fr. Roche’s family, his colleagues and friends at this difficult time.’
11th December 2009