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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams speaks to the BBC
"I unequivocally condemn this attack"
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Monday, 7 February, 2000, 11:29 GMT
Outrage at bombing

Soldiers on patrol after the Enniskillen bomb attack


The bomb attack on a hotel in Northern Ireland has been condemned by all sides involved in the peace process.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson said the security forces would have his full backing in tracking down those responsible.



Tonight's attack is not just wrong, it is against the democratically-expressed wishes of the people
Peter Mandelson
He added: "My immediate thoughts are with the owners and customers of the Mahon Hotel as well as the people of Irvinestown who are the victims of this attack.

"Tonight's attack is not just wrong, it is against the democratically-expressed wishes of the people.

"It will do nothing to resolve the political differences between us."

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams called for the group behind the attack to disband.


Gerry Adams: Disbandment call
He said those responsible - believed to be the dissident Continuity IRA - were unrepresentative of the republican movement.

He added: "I think it should be an incentive to those of us who are committed to building justice and equality in this situation to re-double our efforts."

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said: "We had hoped that the days of having to condemn bombings in Northern Ireland were over.

"Unfortunately it appears that there are still those who refuse to acknowledge the will of the overwhelming majority of people on this island for peace.


Ken Maginnis Ken Maginnis: predicted attack
"We utterly reject the motives of such people and we must not allow them to thwart the progress we are making in resolving the outstanding issues in the peace process - and we won't."

A spokesman for Downing Street said: "There will always be people who try to undermine the peace process. We will do what we can to make sure they do not succeed."

Ulster Unionist security spokesman Ken Maginnis, MP for Fermanagh, said the bomb underlined the need for an immediate cessation of paramilitary operations on both sides of the political divide.

He said: "It is obviously disappointing but not surprising. I have said my constituency is in the greatest danger from these people - unfortunately my premonition was true.



We cannot allow to remain in existence any paramilitary organisation, republican or loyalist which has illegal guns or illegal explosives
Ken Maginnis
"I think the important thing to remember is, whether we talk about Continuity IRA or whether we look at what Gerry Adams has been saying, the reality is the republican movement as a whole is openly in defiance of the democratically expressed will of the people of the whole of Ireland.

"We are vindicated, I believe by this activity, in saying we cannot allow to remain in existence any paramilitary organisation, republican or loyalist which has illegal guns or illegal explosives."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Office said: "We obviously condemn any such attack. If we want to move forward we must do so through democratic means."

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06 Feb 00 |  Northern Ireland
NI hotel bomb blast
07 Feb 00 |  Northern Ireland
Critical week for NI

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