Enniskillen bombing probe reopened
Police have launched a new investigation into the Remembrance Day bombing at Enniskillen, it was revealed today.
Fermanagh Assembly member Arlene Foster has appealed to people with information about the Enniskillen bombing which happened 25 years ago on Remembrance Sunday to examine their consciences and come forward to the police.
The DUP enterprise Minister made her appeal today after it was disclosed that the Historical Enquiries Team has handed over a new file on the bombing to the PSNI.
Ms Foster said that following the HET investigation that an “active line of inquiry is being pursued” by police into the IRA bombing which killed 11 people and injured 63 others.
A twelfth victim, Ronnie Hill, a school principal, spent 13 years in a coma and died in 2000.
The Poppy Day bombing was one of the worst attacks of the Troubles. Nobody has been convicted.
“This Thursday will be the 25th anniversary of the bombing and families have planned a very significant event to mark that occasion. However, 2012 would be all the more memorable if there was to be a breakthrough in the investigation,” said Ms Foster.
She said that as was demonstrated by last year’s conviction of Gerry McGeough for the attempted murder of her DUP colleague and Tyrone councillor Sammy Brush in 1981 “there is always time for justice”.
“The Enniskillen bomb was an act of horrific savagery. It was motivated by nothing other than a desire to kill and maim. It was indiscriminate. Young and old were injured. It was targeting innocent people.
“Twenty five years after the explosion, someone somewhere knows something about the perpetrators. Someone knows where the bomb was made, how it was transported and who planned the attack. This wasn’t executed by one or two people. A team of people were involved.
“Anyone who can bring any information to the police should do so. Perhaps in 1987 they didn’t feel able but as they watch the victims and relatives on Thursday I hope they will be moved to help the police with the investigation.”