Page last updated at 18:17 GMT, Monday, 23 November 2009

Party statements on weekend attacks

All of the parties in the assembly made statements on 23 November 2009 on the weekend attacks which have been blamed on dissident republicans.

A police officer was targeted in County Fermanagh and a 400lb bomb was left at the Policing Board headquarters in Belfast.

DUP Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Arlene Foster said the bomb at the board was an attack on the very heart of democracy and that the attempted murder of the young officer in her constituency stood in stark contrast to those who would have ended his life on Saturday.

Sinn Fein Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Michelle Gildernew said the attacks went against the wishes of the Irish people and aimed to wreck the political process.

Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey said it was perfectly clear a strain of republicanism remained that was addicted to physical force and the weekend's attacks could easily have led to loss of life.

SDLP leader Mark Durkan said dissident republicans were widening their threats and intimidation on people across Northern Ireland, but that "our resolve is much greater than their malice".


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