Bradley condemns Newry bomb

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SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley has condemned the planting of a viable and potentially lethal device near the Cloghogue roundabout yesterday afternoon in Newry which was disarmed by the security forces.

Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley said, “As in the past, the use or threat of violence has proven to be fruitless and the same logic applies to this incident. One can only surmise that the aim of those that planted this device was to disrupt the normal life of those who live nearby and users of the A1 dual carriageway. The fact of the matter is, however, that people got on with their business and refused to be intimidated by the planting of this device. The commercial life of Newry continued as normal and indeed there were huge numbers of visitors to the city.”

Bradley continued, “Such determination of peaceful purpose is the true legacy of the Good Friday Agreement, on whose nominal anniversary this cynical act was perpetrated. All of this goes to prove that people want to move forward and not be dragged back into mire of the past. The SDLP has always stood up against those who used violence and intimidation and I call on those responsible to desist from such meaningless actions. If they are interested in politics, they should join in the cut and thrust of normal peaceful politics.”

Commending the work of the security services, the SDLP MLA added, “I wish to thank the PSNI and Army technical officers for the work they did today to ensure no one killed or injured and no property damaged by this device, and I urge anyone with information to come forward to the police as soon as possible.”


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