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Doherty pays tribute to resilience and collective compassion of community in Omagh

16 November, 2007

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has paid tribute to the resilience and collective compassion shown by the people of Omagh in what has been a deeply traumatic week for the local community.

He said,

"The scenes we all witnessed at Lammy during this week were so heartbreaking that they will be etched on our minds forever but since this terrible tragedy we have also witnessed a resilience and collective compassion by the people of Omagh which has exemplified the inherent goodness and strength of this community.

"This good neighbourliness and sense of community will be much needed in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead and in particular as we rally round in support of the grieving Mc Elhill and Mc Govern families as they try to cope with their unbearable loss.

"I also wish to say that I was highly impressed at the graciousness and absolute professionalism of the emergency services who were involved in this sensitive and emotionally challenging incident.

"The pastoral support provided by Monsignor Joseph Donnelly has been a constant source of strength to the community through this difficult time and the staff of St Conors PS and Sacred Heart College should also be commended for the high quality of leadership that they provided and continue to provide to their pupils and the wider community.

"In terms of support, The Western Health and Social Care Trust have set up a dedicated community support line for people who feel that they require help at this difficult time.

"I along with other elected representatives and community leaders have been on the ground offering whatever practical support and advice we can give to meet the needs of the community following this terrible tragedy and while the nature of this support and advice may change in the time ahead I would urge people to come forward and seek whatever help they require." ENDS

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