McGuinness ‘ashamed’ at IRA deaths

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Martin McGuinness has been challenged by one of his Northern Ireland Executive colleagues to reveal what she claims he knows about the Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb atrocity.

Arlene Foster, the Enterprise Minister, said there had been speculation for decades that it was the IRA from Derry which was involved in the 1987 bombing which killed 11 people as they gathered at the town’s cenotaph.

Mr McGuinness, one of the Republic’s presidential candidates, has admitted being in the IRA in Derry but insisted he left the organisation in 1974.

On Wednesday night, on RTE television, he said he was “ashamed” about republican involvement in the no-warning attack.

Ms Foster called on Mr McGuinness, who has stepped aside as deputy Northern Ireland First Minister because of the presidential contest, to assist the Historical Enquiry Team which is examining the police investigation into Enniskillen

No one has ever been charged.

Ms Foster, the DUP MLA for Fermanagh-South Tyrone, said: “If Martin McGuinness really believes the murders that day were shameful then he should have no problem speaking to the HET and answer any questions which they have.

“The speculation for decades has been that the Enniskillen bomb was the work of Provos from Londonderry.

“Rather than proposing an international truth commission to deal with these matters, it would be much more helpful to the healing process if McGuinness was to tell the truth about this incident to the HET.”

Stephen Gault, whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bombing, described Mr McGuinness’s remarks as a “tactical move” aiming at “trying to distance himself from the IRA in his campaign to become Irish president.”

Mr Gault said he didn’t believe Mr McGuinness’s claim that he was not a senior figure in the IRA at the time of the bomb.