Ian Paisley taking 'dangerous road' - NI First Minister
Published 10/01/2014 | 13:10
NORTHERN Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has accused Ian Paisley of taking a "dangerous road" after he accused the then Irish government of provoking the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings.
The DUP leader completely distanced himself from the remarks by his predecessor which have sparked outrage both North and South of the border.
Speaking at the google headquarters in Dublin today, Mr Robinson said "terrorists" were solely responsible for the bombings that killed 33 people.
"We're talking about the murder of 33 innocent people and I have a settled and clear view about terrorism. The people who are responsible for terrorists' actions are terrorists," he said.
I don't go down that road it's a very dangerous road to go down, I believe that those who are responsible are those who put their hands to priming the bomb, placing the bomb and killing 33 innocent individuals," he added.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also rejected Dr Paisley's remarks.
"The bombs that were exploded in Dublin and in Monaghan in 1974 were acts of terrorism. The people who were on Talbot Street and Parnell Street on that day did not bring it themselves. They were innocent victims of a horrific act of terrorism and the responsibility for that act rests squarely with those who planted those bombs," Mr Gilmore said.