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Assembly condemns Newry bombers

At the beginning of Tuesday's business members of the Northern Ireland Assembly condemned the bomb attack on Newry courthouse.

UUP DEPUTY LEADER DANNY KENNEDY

Mr Kennedy said that the security situation in border areas was deteriorating.

"An immediate security response is required and must include additional resources for border areas and increase use of intelligence information," he said.

DUP MLA LORD MORROW

Lord Morrow said that everyone had to support the police as they tried to "dig out" those who carried out the attack.

"We as an assembly in totality owe our support to the security forces," he said.

"It is one thing to condemn things, another to give unqualified support to the security forces in their taking whatever measures necessary to prevent such atrocities," he said.

SINN FEIN MLA MICKEY BRADY

Mr Brady said those who carried out the attack had "no place in our society".

"There are no ifs and buts, these people have no mandate the people of Newry have continually turned them down," he said.

SDLP LEADER MARGARET RITCHIE

Ms Ritchie said that dissident republicans want to "take us backwards with their violence".

"I thank God no-one was killed or injured in this outrage, which was within yards of a recently completed social housing scheme in Canal Street, which remarkably has come through unscathed," she said.

ALLIANCE LEADER DAVID FORD

Mr Ford said the bombing was an attack on the people of Newry.

"I have no expectation that words of condemnation from me or this chamber will have any difference on those who carried out such an attack," he said. "But if we as politicians stand together if we ensure that politics works if we start to deliver a better future for the people of Northern Ireland that we will have an effect on those who so far have been inclined to turn a blind eye."

PUP LEADER DAWN PURVIS

Ms Purvis said that the dissidents should be sidelined and "brought to justice".

"The people who carried out this attack have nothing to offer the people of Northern Ireland or the future of Northern Ireland," she said.



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