Friday 19 January 2018

Healing is happening in North but this parade will only feed distrust

The scene of devastation after the Omagh bombing in August 1998. Twenty-nine men, women and children died, along with two unborn babies.
The scene of devastation after the Omagh bombing in August 1998. Twenty-nine men, women and children died, along with two unborn babies.
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

There is no such thing as a good time to commemorate the act of planting a bomb – nothing associated with bombing deserves to be celebrated.

But tomorrow's Tyrone Volunteers Day parade to honour IRA members is a particularly repellent choice of date. It coincides with a service to mark the Omagh bomb's 15th anniversary, when 29 men, women and children, along with two unborn babies, were sacrificed to further a perverted interpretation of nationalism.

Bombs do not distinguish between 'legitimate' targets and civilians. Bombs kill and maim indiscriminately – sometimes, they even wipe out those who construct and transport them.

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