"Fitting tribute to Detective Garda McCabe, his wife Anne and the McCabe family"
"McCabe killers deserve no support, admiration, sympathy or compassion"
Speaking this morning (Wednesday, 15th March 2006) at the Detective Garda Jerry McCabe Fellowship Breakfast in John Jay College in New York, Transport Minister, Martin Cullen TD described the McCabe Fellowship as "a fitting tribute to Detective Garda McCabe, his wife Anne and the McCabe family".
Minister Cullen represented the Government at the event. In attendance was Mrs Ann McCabe and members of An Garda Siochana.
Minister Cullen said: "It is fitting that this fellowship programme to commemorate the sacrifice made by the late Detective Garda McCabe should be here in this centre of excellence, known as John Jay College.
"The brutal killing of Detective Garda McCabe and the wounding of his colleague Garda Ben O'Sullivan in Adare in June 1996 were cold-blooded, callous and merciless acts. They were not the actions of true republicans, rather examples of all that is the lowest and most cowardly in Irish society. The killers of Detective Garda McCabe deserve no support, admiration, sympathy or compassion. Certainly, the Government have absolutely no sympathy or regard for those found guilty of the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe and the wounding of Garda Ben O'Sullivan.
"Nearly 10 years on, the killing of Detective Garda Cabe is still a highly charged and sensitive issue in Ireland. The Government has always held the view that these prisoners are not qualifying prisoners in the context of the prisoner release scheme as part of the Good Friday Agreement. We fought this argument to the Supreme Court and won.
"Both the Government and the people of Ireland appreciate the vital role played by An Garda Síochána in defending the Irish State and for standing in the breach against terrorists and paramilitaries. We appreciate the fact that they put themselves in harms way on a daily basis so that the general public may live in a more peaceful and danger free environment. We owe an immense debt of gratitude to all members of the Garda Síochána in this regard, but most particularly to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
"We are joined today by Detective McCabe's widow Mrs. Anne McCabe. The Government have nothing but admiration for the dignified and reserved way in which Anne McCabe and her family have endured this continuing great loss.
"The Government remains committed to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and the restoration of the devolved political institutions as the best way of ensuring a peaceful and lasting settlement to the troubles in Northern Ireland", Minister Cullen concluded.