Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Republic's government discussed the murder of prison officer David Black today at a North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh.
Speaking after the meeting, Irish prime minister Taoiseach Enda Kenny said:
Yvonne Black has lost a husband, her children Kyle and Kyra have lost a father and Northern Ireland has lost a good hard-working son.
We condemn this murder unreservedly.
We do not want to see a return to this, nobody on this island wants to see a return to this.