Reconciliation spirit more important than ever 30 years on, says Lunn

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has said the spirit of those affected by the Enniskillen bomb can inspire peace here.

Mr Lunn was speaking after attending a memorial service for the 12 people killed in the IRA explosion at the town’s cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday 1987. More than 60 people were also injured in the incident.

“This was one of the most barbaric acts in the Troubles, being a no-warning attack on civilians. But like many incidents throughout the Troubles, the effects did not just end on the day. The bomb has left an impact on many people, and indeed the town, ever since.

“But good can come from evil – the spirit of reconciliation exemplified by many following the horrors of the day showed that. From many quarters was an unwavering commitment to peace-building, with the hope no-one else would have to go through what he and others did that day.”

“It is clear many still find it difficult to come to terms with what happened in Enniskillen on Remembrance Sunday 1987,” added Stephen Farry MLA, who also attended today’s event.

“There are still some in our community who would use violence to attempt and achieve their goal, while trying to justify murder as being part of their cause. But there can never be any justification for such barbaric acts.

“Only by dealing with the past can we hope to move on from it, taking our entire society forward and creating a truly united community.”

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