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Walk-out at Sinn Fein man comments 'not enough'

By Noel McAdam

A victims' campaigner has warned that a council walkout over its Sinn Fein chairman's failure to condemn the IRA Poppy Day bomb could amount to "little more than a stunt" if there's no follow-up action.

Kenny Donaldson of the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) said protesting councillors should now take further action against the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council leader, Stephen McCann.

His demand came as other victims of the 1987 Enniskillen bombing voiced "deep hurt" after Mr McCann's insistence he could not condemn the atrocity which killed 11 people and injured 63 three decades ago this year.

DUP, Ulster Unionist and SDLP councillors then walked out of a meeting arranged with Mr McCann after he refused to withdraw his remarks. But later Mr McCann conceded there had been "hurt and loss" on all sides and insisted he did not want to diminish the feelings of anyone.

Mr Donaldson, director of services at SEFF, said: "It's one thing for councillors to walk out, and we endorse that action, but that can't be it. If it is, then it's nothing more than a stunt."

Aileen Quinton, whose mother Alberta died in the blast, said: "Certain people refusing to condemn evil and glorifying the perpetrators is no surprise."

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