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McGuinness attacked over atrocity

Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness has come under fresh attack from a Northern Ireland executive colleague and a lawyer at a Garda collusion inquiry.

Arlene Foster, Stormont's trade and industry minister, challenged the Sinn Fein chief to reveal what she claims he knows about the Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb atrocity.

The senior DUP figure said there had been speculation for decades that the Derry IRA was involved in the 1987 bombing which killed 11 people as they gathered at the town's cenotaph.

Mr McGuinness's remarks on RTE television that he was "ashamed" about republican involvement in the no-warning attack sparked demands from Ms Foster that he help the PSNI's Historical Enquiries Team (HET) with their investigation of the massacre.

"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," she said.

Sinn Fein has questioned the timing of the demand.

Mitchel McLaughlin, the party's South Antrim MLA and victims spokesman, said: "I find the timing of Arlene Foster's public comments about Martin McGuinness in the context of the Enniskillen bombing a little hypocritical considering that Ms Foster has served in government with Martin McGuinness for the last five years and never once broached the subject with him."

Mr McGuinness, who has stepped aside as deputy Northern Ireland First Minister because of the presidential contest, has admitted being in the IRA in Derry but insisted he left the organisation in 1974.

Separately, a solicitor for the family of a senior-ranking RUC officer murdered by the IRA in 1989 has called on Mr McGuinness to give evidence to an inquiry into the killing.

John McBurney said if Mr McGuinness also felt shame about the ambush of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and his colleague Superintendent Bob Buchanan after leaving a meeting in Dundalk garda station then he should come forward to the Smithwick Tribunal.

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