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Victim's family left 'disappointed' after Sinn Fein appoints bomber's daughter

By Allan Preston

A woman whose father was killed in an IRA train bomb has expressed her disappointment in Sinn Fein after the daughter of the man responsible was appointed MLA.

Alliance Party member Jayne Olorunda (34) was only two when her Nigerian born accountant father Max Olorunda was killed in the Dunmurry train bombing in January 1980.

Two others died in the blast - 17-year-old Protestant student Mark Cochrane from Finaghy and IRA man Kevin Delaney (26). Five others were seriously injured.

IRA man Patrick Joseph 'Jokey' Flynn leapt from the train in flames suffering severe burns to his face, torso and legs.

The IRA released a lengthy apology at the time saying the detonation was accidental, claiming the explosion had occurred prematurely, and the intended target was not the civilians travelling on the train.

This month his daughter Orlaithi Flynn was recently selected as the new Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast, replacing Jennifer McCann.

Ms Olorunda has previously spoken of an emotional meeting with Patrick Flynn where she forgave him, although she did not name him at the time.

Yesterday she spoke out about her hurt, saying that fact it came just before Christmas makes it even more difficult.

Posting on Facebook, Ms Olorunda emphasised that she wishes the new MLA all the best.

"My issue isn't with Ms Flynn, it's with her party," she wrote.

"I care for a victim who has now been made really ill and I'll have to take the flack. I just wish they could have announced their choice of MLA after Christmas. It will also be difficult for me to watch/listen to her as I hope you understand ... technically her father killed mine. Again that is not her fault but it is a grim reminder none the less."

Ms Olorunda said Mr Flynn had apologised to her and her mother over the killing of her father. But she said his daughter's decision to become a frontline member of Sinn Fein soured that apology. "It just seems that her decision to join such a republican party negates this, after all for those fortunate enough to have had fathers they are apparently a huge influence," she said.

"I do genuinely wish the girl all the best. I just don't want to be around to see her or her party, and this decision has ensured I won't be."

It is understood the Olorunda family are planning to leave Northern Ireland in the near future.

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