Bishops visit site of bomb at Crawford Square

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The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Dr Ken Good, and the Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Donal McKeown, have visited Crawford Square this lunchtime to jointly condemn those behind the pipe bomb attack there last night.

Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good, said the three church leaders felt “compelled” to visit the site to express their condemnation and sadness at what had happened in a residential area.

BISHOPS AT CRAWFORD SQUARE. . . .Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, Rev. Paul Gallucci, Temporary Methodist Superintendent and Bishop Ken Good, Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, pictured at the pipe bomb scene at Crawford Square on Tuesday afternoon. DER1715MC025

BISHOPS AT CRAWFORD SQUARE. . . .Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, Rev. Paul Gallucci, Temporary Methodist Superintendent and Bishop Ken Good, Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, pictured at the pipe bomb scene at Crawford Square on Tuesday afternoon. DER1715MC025

He said the three men were representing “all churches and none” and that the pipe bomb attack could have led to injury or death of people living in the Crawford Square area.

“We want to say together this is not good, this must not happen again.”

Most Rev Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, added that the people of this country and voted in “huge numbers” to look towards a “new way forward” and those responsible for Monday night’s bomb attack did not have the support of the community.

“To try and blow up or burn down a house in a residential street is crazy in itself. Those of us who have lived through the Troubles know that they were awful years and no one in our society, save for a very small majority, thing that is anyway forward for our young people, our old people and anyone in between.”

They were joined by Rev. Paul Gallucci of the North West Methodist Mission - which was affected by the blast, which targeted the neighbouring probation office.

Rev Gallucci said his main concern was to ensure the 47 residents of the Crawford Square Methodist Mission were okay following the attack - adding that the blast had disrupted “friendly and supportive community”.