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De Brún - Unionist paramilitaries behind bomb alert

25 January, 2004

West Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Bairbre de Brún has blamed unionist paramilitaries for attaching a device to the gates of Lamh Dhearg GAA club in Hannastown. The device was discovered as underage teams were about to start their weekly training session.

Ms de Brún said:

"Underage teams train at the Lamh Dhearg pitch each Sunday. Around 1pm a device was discovered by some of the children attending training attached to the gate at the side of the pitch.

"I have no doubt that unionist paramilitaries are behind this incident. There has been a history of attacks on this club over many years.

"It is only through good fortune that this device was discovered and people in West Belfast are angry at this attack on our young people.

"Those responsible deliberately decided to target a sports facility which they knew was used by children.

"Many nationalists and republicans are of the firm view that the British government has a tolerence for an acceptable level of unionist violence and todays incident taken with a series of recent attacks, and the British response to them, would certainly reinforce this belief.." ENDS

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