McGuinness condemns Lurgan 'bomb'

Published Saturday, 30 March 2013
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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has hit out at the people behind a reported explosion in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

McGuinness condemns Lurgan 'bomb'
The bang was heard on Saturday afternoon. (© UTV)

A blast was heard close to the junction of North Circular Road and Levin Road shortly after 3pm on Saturday.

A PSNI spokesperson said officers were in the area at time after they were made aware that an unnotified parade was to take place.

There are no reports of any injuries.

John O'Dowd, Sinn Féin MLA for Upper Bann, said a device was detonated inside a bin close to homes and a school.

He said: "We are thankful that this bomb did not injure anyone but it could easily have been a different story.

"These individuals continue to show complete disregard for the public. The planting of this device along a busy road on one of the busiest days of the year was not only callous it was stupid.

"To time it to go at the same time as they began an Easter Parade demeans those patriots who they claim to honour and jeopardised their own supporters making their way to the parade."

His party colleague Mr McGuinness also voiced his concerns about the incident on Twitter.

He described the attack as "futile", adding that it was carried out by "anti peace extremists living in a fantasy world".

Alliance Policing Board member Trevor Lunn said: "I am shocked at what appears to be an attempt to target police officers. The vast majority of the public will be outraged at this attack.

"The people responsible have no place in our society. There can be no justification for any attempt to bring violence onto our streets."

© UTV News
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21 Comments
Mark in Lisburn wrote (571 days ago):
Andy in Lurgan - you state that you have no objection with an illegal parade taking place in an area where it is wanted, and then lecture that others don't understand why the parades commission was formed. The parades commission was formed to adjudicate on parades where there is an objection - yes sometimes because it goes through a community area, but also town centres and down main roads (the majority of which are shared spaces) so it is unfair to say that the parades commission only makes judgements when eg. an Orange Order parade goes through a Roman Catholic estate. The Parades Commission is there to decide on parades whether they enter another area or not, ie. ALL PARADES, including parades remaining in their areas.
Mark in Lisburn wrote (571 days ago):
HAPPY FACE - please clarify your comment. You appear to be saying that it is ok to dress up as a terrorist. Surely this is a glorification of terrorism - is it not??
HAPPY FACE in Belfast wrote (572 days ago):
NORMAN.D in BANGOR and DEEKO in BELFAST. Just reading your comments makes me laugh. Firstly Martin McGuinness has condemmed the bomb in lurgan. And he is doing so on behalf off all the people on both side of the divide, you MORAN. And Deeko toddlers dress up all the time, sometimes as cowboys and sometimes as indians, Does this mean that they think they are the LONE RANGER or BIG CHEIF SITTING BULL. All IRA men are men not toddlers, YOU FOOL.I think some one made a comment on how the UTV website team should restrict some of the stories printed, They would do well to start with NORMAN and DEEKO, As they are two clowns.
deeko in Belfast wrote (573 days ago):
Have just watched a bit From the Ardoyne Fianna 2013 which happened today.It shows a masked Gunman firing shots into the Air In Ardoyne just accross from the peace wall.What is going on not a police officer to be seen?????
Kevin in Ulster wrote (573 days ago):
Andy in Lurgan: I think you'll find many Catholics find these Republican shows of strength utterly obnoxious and against everything they believe in. And these areas are not "totally Catholic" anyway: Take your sectarian blinkers off and start taking notice of the protestants around you, you and your kind are a blight on our society.
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