No return to NI 'dark days' - Villiers
The murder of a prison officer will not allow Northern Ireland to slide back to "the dark days", according to Theresa Villiers.
The Northern Ireland Secretary told MPs this morning that the death of David Black would harden the local community's resolve.
“It will strengthen the determination of the vast majority in all parts of the community and both sides of the border that there will be no return to the dark days of the past...
“And nothing will frustrate the efforts being made to build on the achievements of the peace process and deliver the shared future which we all want to see. Those who seek to pursue their objectives by violence will not succeed.
Her sentiments were echoed by MPs across the House, with Labour's Vernon Coaker joining in the condemnation of the "cold-blooded, evil murder".
Ms Villiers also said the Government would offer whatever assistance was necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice.