Trust in memo­rial row could heal old wounds

Belfast Telegraph - - LETTERS -

LIKE many other peo­ple from En­niskillen, I am ob­serv­ing with huge dis­may the on­go­ing stand-off with re­gard to the sit­ing of the memo­rial to the vic­tims of the Re­mem­brance Day bomb­ing in the town.

It is sad that there is a lack of ac­com­mo­da­tion for the place­ment of the memo­rial on the site where this atroc­ity of innocent civil­ians took place.

There is a need for a gen­uine recog­ni­tion that the actions of the IRA were not only a des­e­cra­tion of prop­erty be­long­ing to St Michael’s parish — the read­ing rooms — but also one of the sin­gle worst atroc­i­ties in the his­tory of the Trou­bles.

This is the op­por­tu­nity to stop the fudg­ing of the is­sue, the op­por­tu­nity to show de­cent, hu­mane com­pas­sion to the fam­i­lies of the dead, the sur­vivors who were badly in­jured, to those trau­ma­tised, to those who for­gave, to those par­ish­ioners whose parish prop­erty was used for this heinous act and to all good cit­i­zens of a town we are so proud of.

I call on St Michael’s Dioce­san Trust to make that sym­bolic step and re­solve this mat­ter, so that this sa­cred site may pro­vide healing and com­fort.

CLLR DIANA ARM­STRONG (UUP)

Fer­managh & Omagh Coun­cil

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