Enniskillen bomb victims still striving for justice: Elliott

A police officer aids the search for survivors following the Enniskillen bomb

A police officer aids the search for survivors following the Enniskillen bomb

The families of those killed and injured when the IRA bombed Enniskillen’s Remembrance Day commemorations 29 years ago are “still striving for justice,” Tom Elliott has said.

The MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone said it is “as incredible as it is unacceptable” that millions of pounds have been spent on various legacy inquiries and investigations in Northern Ireland, yet “there is not one single investigative officer deployed to look into the 1987 Enniskillen bomb”.

He said: “We are coming up to the 29th anniversary of the Enniskillen bomb where 11 people were killed and 63 injured, with a 12th victim dying in 2000, and yet we are still waiting for justice or an investigation worthy of the name.

“The families were promised a report from the now defunct Historical Enquiries Team years ago, but to date there has been nothing forthcoming.

“Just last year we heard that a police investigation into the 1987 Poppy Day bomb had no officers working on it, which no doubt came as a huge hammer blow to the families who are still striving for justice. With the inception of the Legacy Investigation Branch it does not appear that the prospect of any new inquiry or investigation is on the horizon.”

Mr Elliott added: “With around 20 officers investigating the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972, many will believe there is disparity when it comes to investigating the past in Northern Ireland. This process has been frankly shambolic, and I have highlighted this on many occasions.

“Back in September I pleaded in the House of Commons for the Government to address legacy issues in Northern Ireland such as Enniskillen and Teebane. The UK Government has a duty to attend to the needs of innocent victims of terrorism.”