‘They are devoid of republicanism’ – Murphy slams hoax device culprits
MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy has said those behind an elaborate hoax device on Crossmaglen’s Dundalk Road are only interested in ‘publicity stunts’ and are ‘devoid of republicanism’.
Speaking to Newry Times, Conor Murphy said, “The people responsible for this incident succeeded in closing roads , moving people out of people their homes and ensuring a continuous police presence for three days. They have no interest in Irish freedom.
“Their interests are individual and they care nothing about this community. The people of this area are totally opposed to this activity and these people should stop it immediately.”
Local councillor Terry Hearty echoed Murphy’s sentiments, “The only people who have been affected by this incident are local residents and traders in Crossmaglen.
“The businesses of Crossmaglen should be enjoying the lead up to their busiest trading period but instead the town is deserted as people either cannot gain access due to road closures or they have chosen to stay away due to this negative publicity.
Hearty added, “Local community, sports and business groups strive all year to promote the positive side of Crossmaglen and its people. This micro group will not undo all of the good work they are engaged in.”
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