Belfast Telegraph

Outrage over Poppy Day attack photo

The son of a man killed in the IRA's Poppy Day bombing has expressed hurt and anger that a memorial to the victims has not been reinstated ahead of the anniversary of the attack.

Stephen Gault, whose father Samuel was one of 11 people who died in the 1987 Remembrance Day attack in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, said he was disgusted the photographic tribute is still not back up in the town's fire station - six months after a government watchdog ruled it had been wrongly taken down three years ago.

As he prepared to mark the 23rd anniversary of the outrage, Mr Gault, 40, vowed to step up his campaign.

"The longer this goes on, the longer the hurt goes on," he said.

"I've enough hurt at this time of year without this still going on."

The photo montage of all the victims was controversially taken down only days before the 20th anniversary of the atrocity in 2007 after an anonymous complaint by a member of staff.

In May this year that decision by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) was found to be "ill considered" by Northern Ireland Ombudsman Tom Frawley.

While fire chiefs have since apologised to Mr Gault for the pain the incident caused him, the montage still lies in a closed drawer in the station.

Last month the NIFRS asked firefighters in the station to try to find a "locally acceptable solution" to the "sensitive issue".

But with a progress report not due to be presented to management until later this month, another anniversary is set to pass without resolution.


From Belfast Telegraph