Martin McGuinness rejects links to Enniskilen bomb

Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Martin McGuinness has rejected claims linking him to the 1987 Enniskillen bombing.

Earlier today a Westminster committee was told a senior police investigator was prevented from questioning the Deputy First Minister about the IRA’s Poppy Day bombing after the Government advised it “would not be a good idea”

A victims campaigner made the claim during an evidence session of a select committee inquiry probing how the Government handled efforts to gain compensation from Libya for IRA victims bereaved or injured by bombs manufactured with explosives provided by the late Colonel Gaddafi.

Kenny Donaldson, spokesman for umbrella group Innocent Victims United (IVU), said the 1987 bombing was part of a Libyan strategy to use the republican organisation to wage war against the UK.

Eleven people were killed in the no-warning bomb in the Co Fermanagh town.

Another victim died 13 years later having never woken from a coma. No-one has ever been brought to justice for the Enniskillen bomb.

Mr Donaldson told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hearing that the IRA were “quite content” to be Gaddafi’s “subcontractors” in his efforts to bring terror to the streets of the UK.

“The reality is Enniskillen was the first significant atrocity where that was being put to test,” he said.

“The individuals who were involved in that, this goes right to the heart of all of this. We have also been advised by a senior former HET (historical enquiries team) investigator that he had cause to wish to bring in the deputy first minister (Mr McGuinness) for questioning in regards to that atrocity.

“He was prevented from doing so. The NIO (Northern Ireland Office) advised that that would not be a good idea. And it didn’t happen.”

Mr Donaldson did not provide a date for the alleged episode.

A Sinn Fein spokesman said Mr McGuinness “totally rejects” the claims.

He said: “Martin McGuinness totally rejects this attempt based on unsubstantiated hearsay to link him to the Enniskillen bombing.”