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O’Dowd challenges those behind M1 attack

1 November, 2012 - by John O'Dowd

Upper Bann Sinn Féin Assembly member John O’Dowd has condemned those behind this morning’s attack on a prison officer on the M1 near Lurgan.


The Upper Bann MLA said:


“This morning’s attack on the M1 has resulted in an utterly pointless death of a prison officer. It will resolve nothing either within the prisons or in wider society. It is not part of any strategy or campaign.


“All it has done is to plunge a family into grief. The people responsible or those who act as their political spokespeople need to explain themselves to the community.


“Time and again when these factions carry out violent acts we get complete silence from those who at other times are only too willing to come onto the airwaves and attack the political process.


“It is patently obvious that the peace process will not be derailed by incidents like this. It hasn’t in the past and it won’t in the future.


“That is a reality that those behind these actions need to realise and bring an end to these pointless actions.”

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