Bishop says entire Islamic community should not be blamed for murders

The Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, has criticised acts of vandalism on properties associated with the Islamic community in the aftermath of the murders of Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt.

Bishop Doran said that to lay the blame for what had happened on a whole community, who had done nothing to deserve it, might suit the racist and sectarian agenda of some but it would be totally unjustifiable.

The bishop said that would be simply another form of oppression based on people being identified as ‘different.’

Speaking at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo, Bishop Doran said people had been badly shaken by the violent attacks resulting in the deaths of the two men who were neighbours, friends and colleagues, and much loved sons, brothers and uncles.

Bishop Doran and Dr. Jamshaid Sulehri, of the Sligo Leitrim Islamic Cultural Centre, were among hundreds who attended a vigil on Friday evening last outside Sligo Town Hall organised by Sligo Pride.