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Newry traders say 'business as usual' after bomb

Downshire Road Presbyterian church
Downshire Road Presbyterian church was damaged due to the Newry bomb

Newry traders have sent a letter to local newspapers saying it is "business as usual" following the bomb attack in the city.

Damage was caused to the gates of Newry courthouse and a nearby Presbyterian church as a result of the explosion on Monday night.

Business stakeholders and community agencies in the city have now sent a letter to media outlets.

It says the attack will not disrupt "everyday life in the city".

"Newry has always lived up to Dean Swift's definition of 'a proud people' and that pride only intensifies in the face of adversity," the letter adds.

"We stand alongside our political representatives by saying that Newry is open for business and we will not allow this type of event to disrupt everyday life in our city.

"In less than 24 hours after the blatant attack on our community all commuter routes into the city had reopened and traffic flow returned to normal.

"We want to send a very clear message to those that live, visit, shop or work in our city.

"We are open with trading levels back to normal. We are ready to welcome all those who wish to join us in making business, enterprise, community and economic renaissance our lasting legacy. "

Police were left with just minutes to clear the area around Newry courthouse before the car bomb weighing up to 250lbs exploded on Monday night.

No-one was killed or injured in the blast which was heard two miles away.

Dissident republicans are being blamed for the attack in which a number of buildings were damaged.

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