AN inquiry has criticised the removal of a photographic montage of victims of the Poppy Day bombing from Enniskillen fire station.
The Northern Ireland Ombudsman said that the action by the NI fire and rescue service three years ago was 'maladministration'.
DUP minister Arlene Foster demanded that it be replaced immediately and she is setting up a meeting with the province's fire chief "to have this disgraceful decision reversed as soon as possible and a full apology made".
Last night the NIFRS apologised for hurt caused, but said no decision had been made on reinstating the pictures.
Mrs Foster said that the montage "was on the wall for 19 years until September 2007, causing no offence, no controversy."
She said there then an anonymous phone call one afternoon and it was removed "within the hour".
However, the NI Fire and Rescue (NIFRS) insisted it was not the decision of an individual, but by the organisation's board, and the montage was replaced by a picture of the scene of devastation that November day in 1987.
Mrs Foster added: "The Ombudsman found that there was no consultation with the fire officers at the station over the removal of the picture, which depicts the faces and names of those brutally murdered.
"In October 2007, I asked the Equality Commission under FOI (Freedom of Information) to indicate if NIFRS had sought their advice before removing the tribute. They hadn't.
"The Ombudsman has subsequently found that the process which led to the NIFRS decision to remove the montage to have been maladministration.
"Following the removal of the picture, a member of the public reported NIFRS to the Northern Ireland Ombudsman through an official complaint in February 2008.
"As well as finding the NIFRS were guilty of maladministration, the Ombudsman stated that an apology should be issued by NIFRS."
In his report, the Ombudsman said: "An uncorroborated complaint alone from an anonymous caller was not sufficient to warrant the literally immediate removal of the montage. I therefore find the NIFRS decision to remove the montage was maladministration."
A statement from the NIFRS said: "We accept the findings of the commissioner for complaints that maladministration was applied to our decision.
"We are sorry for any hurt or anxiety caused by our actions in reaching this decision.
"We are pleased that the commissioner accepts that we did not act with any improper motive during our decision-making process.
"The NIFRS Board will now consider the report and give its recommendations on the content."