South Armagh booby trap bomb victim loses sight in one eye

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Frank McCabe Junior, the victim of a booby trap bomb attack in February in South Armagh, has lost the sight in one eye. psni13Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady raised the issue in the Assembly, urging Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to join him in condemning those behind what he said was a ‘cowardly murder attempt’. Brady asked the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to join him in condemning the activities of what he described as ‘criminal gangs that are attempting to intimidate and coerce those in south Armagh who are opposed to them’. McGuinness replied that he had no hesitation whatsoever in unreservedly condemning the criminals who were involved in the attack. “I am saddened to hear that his injuries are such that he is likely to lose the sight in one eye,” McGuinness stated. “Francis is a lorry driver by trade, and this will have a huge impact on his life and family, so I totally and utterly condemn those behind the attack. “As I have said, they are criminals and they have absolutely nothing to offer the community in south Armagh and north Louth. It is very clear to all of us how the local community has responded to this cowardly attack by taking to the streets in huge numbers in support of the McCabe family. “These gangs have no support in the local community and they must be stopped. One way of dealing with their activities is for people in the local community, whenever criminality raises its head, to work very closely with both the police services north and south of the border,” he added. McGuinness paid tribute to the Garda Síochána and the PSNI for the ‘very effective way’ that they have worked together in the course of recent years in thwarting the activities of those who would ‘attempt to use violence to undermine these institutions and destroy the peace process’. “The PSNI and the Garda Síochána have a role and responsibility to deal with these criminal gangs. Both must demonstrate that they are supporting communities who oppose criminality. “Actions and delivery from both police services are key, and I call for greater cooperation between the PSNI and an Garda Síochána to take these criminals, whether in south Armagh or north Louth, off the streets” McGuinness added. More on this story: Witnesses sought after South Armagh pipe bomb incident ‘Thugs wont intimidate community’ – Brady after South Armagh attack

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