The condemnation by Irish American and Washington politicians of the murder in Northern Ireland of PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr has been reinforced by a statement released by the congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs. According to a statement, the bi-partisan co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Eliot Engel (D-NY), said they strongly condemned the killing of Ronan Kerr in Omagh and sent their deepest condolences to his family. "The murder of a young man who was doing nothing more than fulfilling his duty to serve and protect the people cannot be allowed to stand. The people of the North have made it clear many times over that they want peace. Attacks on public servants only undermine a brighter future for everyone in Northern Ireland," the co-chairs said in their statement while endorsing similar words of condemnation issued by Friends of Ireland chairman, Rep. Peter King, and former Friends chairman. Rep. Richard Neal.