Speaking out against this tragic act of violence, Lavery stated: "violence has gotten us nowhere. This outrageous act must
be condemned by the people of this country in order for us to move forward.
"The Worker's Party promotes a firm policy of anti-sectarianism, and the recent events in Omagh have served to highlight
the need for the removal of sectarian politics throughout Nothern Ireland.
"The perpetrators of this murder want to return to the bad old days. In some perverse way they believe that a return to
sectarian policing, a return to British troops on the streets, and an end to community policing will advance the possibility
of a united Ireland. Just how deluded can they be?
"Once again, on behalf of the Workers' Party I wish to condemn this murder and offer our condolences to the family of Constable
Kerr. Only the development of non-sectarian political and civic structures, and the adoption of active anti-sectarian policies
by the incoming Executive can bring about a stable society and a worthwhile future for the people of Northern Ireland."