Gregory Campbell: Today we remember the six people murdered by the IRA in Coleraine

The 49th anniversary of the IRA bombs that devastated Coleraine town centre, killed six people and ruined the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of others was held today (Sunday June 12) where the atrocity occurred.

A memorial in Coleraine on Sunday June 12 2022, the 49th anniversary of the IRA bomb in the town which killed six people. A montage of two pictures of the event sent in to this newspaper
A memorial in Coleraine on Sunday June 12 2022, the 49th anniversary of the IRA bomb in the town which killed six people. A montage of two pictures of the event sent in to this newspaper

Those behind the locating of a permanent memorial are deserving of the thanks of everyone, including all of us who attended today.

Northern Ireland society needs to build a future where these events are remembered but not repeated.

It is regrettable but not surprising that those involved in the bombing, including a Sinn Fein councillor currently on Causeway Coast and Glens Council, who served a period of imprisonment for his part in the atrocity, have never been able to declare the action as wrong and offer apologies for the hurt.

The permanent memorial to the Provisional IRA Coleraine terrorist bomb atrocity and the six people who were murdered in it

Sinn Fein repeatedly demand openness and apologies from the UK state for the part they played in trying to deal with the IRA terror, but never apply the same logic to the initiators of the violence, the IRA.

Gregory Campbell, DUP MP for East Londonderry

The scene in the aftermath of the Provisional IRA bomb that exploded in Railway Road, Coleraine on June 12, 1973. The explosion killed six civilians