Wednesday 14 November 2018

Injured official made plea for peace after car bomb atrocity

A NORTHERN official injured in the car bomb explosion that killed British Ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs made a heart-felt plea for Ireland and England to work together to defeat the spectre of terrorism.

Brian Cubbon, the permanent under-secretary in the Northern Ireland Office, survived the blast that killed both the ambassador and Mr Cubbon's private secretary, Judith Cook, in Sandyford, Dublin, in July 1976.

Almost three weeks after the atrocity, Mr Cubbon wrote to the then Foreign Affairs Minister, Garret FitzGerald, saying he was to fly back to England to be nearer his family.

His letter, with an address at St Vincent's nursing home in Dublin, thanked Dr FitzGerald for his warm personal concern and sympathy since the "ghastly incident" on July 21. And he said staff at St Vincent's and the nursing home had been "absolutely marvellous".

"With care, I should be virtually fit to return to work before the end of October. I shall then have to steady myself to re-enter a Northern Ireland Office which is still desolated - as I am personally - by the awful loss of Judith Cook."

And he wrote: "The violent men who contrive and carry out these attacks are a terrible threat to both our countries; and a common enemy.

"In our hearts we both know that the true test is whether our two countries are in reality co-operating to the fullest possible degree on the ground against our ruthless common enemy."

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