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'Positive outcome' at last for Enniskillen memorial

The Enniskillen memorial
The Enniskillen memorial
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Planning permission has been granted for a new memorial commemorating those murdered in the Enniskillen bomb.

The monument bearing the names of the 12 victims was controversially removed within hours of being unveiled on November 8, 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary of the IRA bombing.

It has since been housed in "a temporary secure location" until its permanent home was determined.

The proposal had been to place it at the Clinton Centre on land held by the Catholic Church's St Michael's Diocesan Trust.

The Trust said at the time it had not been consulted by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on the decision to erect the monument.

In May of last year, the Trust said it had removed the memorial based over concerns around public access, maintenance of the monument, and ongoing public works in Enniskillen town centre.

But in September an agreement was reached to place it within the gable wall of the Clinton Centre.

Two months ago family members of those killed approved a new location and amended design for the memorial.

They had previously said they felt let down by both Catholic and Protestant church leaders in Enniskillen after their proposed memorial was rejected.

Eleven people died - including three married couples - and 63 were injured when the IRA bomb detonated during the annual Remembrance Service at the town's cenotaph.

Another victim, Ronnie Hill, passed away after spending 13 years in a coma.

The Ely Centre group had commissioned the large stone tablet, listing the names of those killed, with a view to having it on permanent display at the scene of the atrocity.

A spokesperson for the group confirmed yesterday that full planning permission has now been granted by the local council.

They added: "We are delighted a positive outcome has been achieved. This new project will integrate the existing memorial into a much larger memorial which will visually connect the Enniskillen War Memorial to Enniskillen Memorial."

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the news marks a positive way forward.

She added: "There has been a great deal of work put in over a long period of time to achieve this outcome and I would like to pay tribute to all those involved.

"I would particularly thank Dean Kenny Hall from Enniskillen Cathedral who has led the process."

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