Uncle won't condemn attack bid on niece
A REPUBLICAN politician whose police-officer niece was the target of a suspected car bomb attack in Co Down has refused to condemn the incident.
British army bomb experts made an explosive device safe after being called to Fearon Close, Kilkeel, Co Down. It is understood that the item fell from a car belonging to the the niece of Martin Connolly, who is an ex-Sinn Fein councillor and who sits on Mourne District Council as an independent republican.
But Mr Connolly declined to criticise those responsible for the incident on Saturday evening.
"I'm not going to get into the politics of condemnation," he said.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams insisted yesterday that his bid to engage with dissident republicans was not a stunt.
Mr Adams has called for a meetings with several disparate groups that are linked to dissidents, but dissidents accused his party of seeking publicity.