Thursday, May 27, 2010

It could have been Omagh 2

The Gardai raided a bomb making factory north of Dundalk last Saturday. Two Prominent dissident republicans were arrested and a "very large" bomb was dismantled. It is believed that the men were preparing to launch a major bomb attack across the border this week. Maybe they would have bombed a PSNI barracks. Or perhaps they would have phoned in a warning and planted the device outside a government building. Or maybe they might have done what they did in 1998 when they expressed their opposition to the Good Friday Agreement by slaughtering 31 civilians.

Gardai take away evidence from the bomb making factory in Dundalk.

I will never forget that day in August 1998. It only took about an hour but it was a frantic hour until my family made contact with my Aunt and two cousins from Omagh to make sure they were all safe. Thankfully they were although several friends and neighbours of theirs had been wounded in the atrocity. The family most affected were the Monaghan family. Avril Monaghan (30) died along with her 65 year old mother Mary Grimes and her 18 month old daughter Maura. Avril Monaghan was seven months pregnant with twins. She left behind a husband and three other small children. It is truly unbelievable that the murderous bastards who did this are still out there trying to plant bombs on our streets. Thankfully for the first time ever the Irish and Northern Irish police are working effectively together. Also it seems clear to me that former provisionals who have backed the Good Friday Agreement are now willing to take action to prevent further attacks. I wouldn't be surprise if it was in fact former IRA men who informed the Gardai of the whereabouts of the factory in Dubdalk.

The Real IRA murdered 31 civilians, including ten children at Omagh.

I am a constitutional republican who believes strongly that the border dividing Ireland should be removed and that the two traditions on this island should be brought together under one state. I believe that British soldiers have no place in Ireland. Sometimes, just sometimes I think that the continued existence of dissident republicans serves a purpose as it illustrates that the only way to ever completely eradicate militant republicanism is to unite Ireland. But then I think of Omagh and I remind myself that the full resources of the Irish state should be dedicated to crushing these treasonous huns.

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