Sunday 18 February 2018

Bomb bid a chilling reminder of where our responsibilities lie

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott (left) with assistant chief constable Drew Harris
PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott (left) with assistant chief constable Drew Harris

Yesterday's car bomb in Belfast darkly illustrated that while the vast majority of Irish people have embraced the peace process there are still fanatics and zealots in our midst.

As the remains of Fr Alec Reid, the instigator of the Hume/Adams talks, which led torturously to the Good Friday Agreement, lay in repose, men of violence were once again active on the streets of Belfast.

How could anybody, with an ounce of compassion, pack a beer keg with 59kg of explosives, stop a car and casually put this primed bomb in the back seat and order the driver to a specific destination, where hundreds of people were eating in restaurants or attending the cinema.

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