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Newry peace vigil after courthouse bomb

A candlelit peace vigil is to be held tonight near the site of a car bomb blast in Northern Ireland.

Around 100 people are expected to attend, to express their opposition to violence.

The gates of Newry courthouse and a nearby Presbyterian church were damaged in the explosion on Monday night.

Seamus Larkin, a trade unionist who will be at the vigil, said they planned to send out a strong message.

"We are saying we don't agree with what happened earlier in the week," he said.

"We want it to be spontaneous and non-political."

Local councillors are helping to organise the protest at Newry's Town Hall.

Newry traders have sent a letter to local newspapers saying it is "business as usual" following the bomb attack.

Police were left with just minutes to clear the area around the courthouse before the car bomb weighing up to 250lb detonated.

Miraculously, no-one was killed or injured in the blast, which was heard two miles away.

Dissident republicans are being blamed for the attack.

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