25 years ago, I was a few weeks away from getting married. I have very happy memories of late 1987, but tragically, for others, this time brings pain.
A memorial service is to take place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb. Eleven people were killed and more than 60 injured when an IRA bomb exploded in a hall close to the town’s cenotaph on 8 November 1987. Those who died were all Protestant and they included three married couples, a reserve police officer and several pensioners. Ex-headmaster Ronnie Hill died 13 years after being injured in the attack. The youngest victim was 20-year-old nurse Marie Wilson whose father, Gordon Wilson, subsequently gave a moving interview in which he said he had prayed for those behind the attack. A minute’s silence will be held at 10:43 GMT to mark the moment when the bomb went off without warning 25 years ago. Relatives of those who died will lay wreaths at the cenotaph.
I am acutely conscious that a regular reader of ATW is Aileen Quinton, who lost her mother that day. There are no words I can say that adequately express my sympathy for Aileen, and all the others who lost loved ones to the SAVAGERY of the IRA scum that planted the bomb at a Cenotaph of all places. Time is a great healer, they say, and I hope the decades between then and now have eased the loss.
Meanwhile, a new file on the Enniskillen bombing is to be handed over to police. The report from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) will be examined by serious crime branch detectives who will determine whether any fresh criminal proceedings can be taken against the perpetrators of the IRA atrocity 25 years ago.
Not one of those who IRA “volunteers” who planned this, who carried it out and who had knowledge of it has ever been brought to justice. It seems that the Republican “community” prefers to keep silent about those murderers living amongst it and rather than give them up they kept them free. I would like to know why the PSNI has not asked some rather obvious questions such as WHO were the IRA leaders at that time and what did they know about this atrocity? If one heads up a terrorist cabal that carries out such sheer unbelievable BARBARISM, surely you are as culpable as the utter vermin that carried it out? It seems not.
The Cenotaph in Enniskillen is a poignant place, a place of quiet dignity. I was past it last year. To my mind, it cries out for JUSTICE but that is the one thing this utterly corrupt “peace process” denies the innocent that suffered so grieviously on that day in 1987.
My sincere best wishes, Aileen, from ALL at ATW. I hope this day brings what comfort it can. 25 years – time flies past ….but loss never disappears.