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Maskey calls for comment over St. Patrick's Day bomb

26 March, 2004

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has demanded that the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy makes a statement on the unionist paramilitary attempt to cause mass murder at the St. Patrick's Day carnival.

Mr Maskey said:

"It has now emerged that the large bomb discovered outside a South Belfast bar on St. Patrick's night was actually destined for the city centre and the annual carnival. The car involved was previously stolen in England and it is clear that a high degree of planning went into this operation.

" Yet the PSNI and the British government choose to conceal these facts from the public. They have attempted to cover-up the seriousness of this bomb attempt. They have both serious questions to answer.

" I have written to Paul Murphy about this matter and I am demanding that he now makes a public statement on it. His reaction or lack of it at this attempt at mass murder contrasts sharply with the actions of himself and PSNI Chief Hugh Orde in the aftermath of the recent incident involving Bobby Tohill in a Belfast bar. " ENDS

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