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Martin McGuinness: Dissident bombers robbing their own families of jobs

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has warned that the dissidents behind the bombing in Londonderry this week were robbing their own families of potential employment.

Mr McGuinness attacked the Real IRA bombers as he attended the opening of the new £20m St Mary’s College in Derry yesterday. Fresh from attending the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Mr McGuinness described it as “bitterly disappointing that we appear to have a very tiny minority of people in this city who want to drag us back to the past”.

He said: “Our message is very clear — we are not going to be dragged back to the past.

“The tragedy of the other night was not just that lives were put at risk, but the fact is they are probably damaging the prospects for their own family circle for employment in this city.” He said that the achievements of the city in the past year and in particular attaining the City of Culture status for 2013, was something that could net the city “hundreds, and indeed, thousands of jobs if we are smart about it”.

“In spite of the bad news of the past week or two we are confident about the future because the peace process is strong, overwhelmingly people supported it. The Executive is strong,” he added.

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