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Memorial row: fire chiefs meet victim’s son

Fire chiefs have agreed to meet the son of a man killed in the Enniskillen bomb to discuss his campaign to get a memorial to the victims reinstated in the town's fire station.

Stephen Gault, whose father Samuel was one of 11 people who died in the Poppy Day attack at the town's cenotaph in 1987, is demanding to know why the photographic tribute has still not been rehung — six weeks after a Government watchdog ruled it was wrongly removed.

An internet petition he launched on the social networking site Facebook has gained more than 2,000 members in just six days.

Next month's meeting between Mr Gault (40) and interim managers at the NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has been arranged by local DUP Assembly Member Arlene Foster.

“I have secured a meeting with the Fire Service and my constituent to discuss putting the tribute back on the wall of the fire station where it belongs,” the the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said.

“I have worked with Stephen on this issue since the picture was wrongfully removed and we are both determined to see this to its rightful conclusion.”

The montage of the victims was controversially taken down only days before the 20th anniversary of the atrocity in 2007.

In May this year the decision by the NIFRS — taken after an anonymous complaint about the picture from a member of staff — was found to be “ill considered” by Northern Ireland Ombudsman Tom Frawley.

While fire chiefs have since said sorry to Mr Gault for the pain the incident caused him, the montage has still not been replaced.

Along with the DUP, Mr Gault's campaign has been backed by the SDLP and Ulster Unionists.

Belfast Telegraph