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Enniskillen bombing an 'atrocity' says SF presidential runner

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Candidate: Liadh Ni Riada

Candidate: Liadh Ni Riada

Candidate: Liadh Ni Riada

The Sinn Fein candidate for President of Ireland, Liadh Ni Riada, has said that the Enniskillen bombing should be condemned, describing it as an "atrocity".

The Cork-born MEP made the comments during a debate, during which she also asked host Pat Kenny if he would consider the late former South African President Nelson Mandela to have been a terrorist.

The discussion featured all six presidential hopefuls on Irish channel Virgin Media One on Wednesday evening.

Twelve people were killed and 63 injured in the Enniskillen bombing, which took place on Remembrance Day, November 8, 1987.

The IRA planted a bomb near the town's war memorial and it exploded during the Remembrance Sunday service. The IRA later said that the bombing had been a mistake and had been intended to target British soldiers.

During the debate, Ms Ni Riada was asked by Mr Kenny about a Hot Press interview during which she said she was "uncomfortable" with using the word terrorism to describe IRA atrocities such as Bloody Friday, the Warrington bomb and Birmingham pub bombings.

Mr Kenny asked if she considered the Enniskillen bombing to be a terror attack.

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"I think any atrocity like that (Enniskillen bombing) should be condemned, but look, the IRA have been gone the last 20 years, we have a peace process in place, we should be cementing that and working on building that rather than constantly revisiting what labelling and semantics and all of that," Ms Ni Riada replied.

The host also challenged Ms Ni Riada on whether or not Gerry Adams was a member of the IRA.

"The IRA are gone, you keep bringing it back," she said.

The Sinn Fein candidate stressed that if elected she would be a president "for everyone".


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