Kenny Donaldson, Director of Service for Lisnaskea-based South East Foundation which supports a number of the bereaved families and injured survivors of the Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb stated: “As we approach the 30th Anniversary of Enniskillen and wider Society refreshes its’ interest there is a need for particular understanding to be shown to those directly impacted by the events of that day – the bereaved and those physically and psychologically traumatised. And we also remember the Lambert family who had 19-year-old Adam murdered in a retaliatory action the day after The Enniskillen Poppy Day massacre by loyalist terrorists and in a supposed case of mistaken identity”.
“The resilience and dignity of the Enniskillen families has been a constant over three decades but has others behaviour towards them been as honourable? How do Sinn Fein/PIRA check out on this, not only at the point they bombed those gathered to respectfully remember those stolen to War but in their positions and actions since? Or what about the UK Government in its’ continuous appeasement of terrorism or its’ refusal to stand by and support victim’s legitimate rights for compensation from Libya for its’ PIRA sponsored terrorism. Or what about the criminal justice system inclusive of the Police who have failed the families via a catalogue of mistruths which has left many feeling despondent and deeply hurt”.
“And then there are others who surely need to look long and had at themselves in the run up to this substantive anniversary, have they behaved honourably in best ensuring that the dignity of the innocents impacted by the horrors of that day is best acknowledged or have they hid behind the curtain of process and bureaucracy as a means not to do the right thing by those who actually should be the focus of their concern?”.
“Enniskillen and the intent of Tullyhommon were arguably the most heinous crimes committed over the years of the terrorism campaign, in this Country there had always been an inbuilt respect given to the remembrance of those who have left this life, that has been sacrosanct. The actions of 8th November 2017 represented new depths of humanity being debased. The continuing failure to bring to account those responsible for Enniskillen is not merely a failure of Government, of the criminal justice system, it is a failure and indictment of all those within the community who hold information concerning events of that day but who have refused to present that information. It is late but there is still time for people to do the right thing,” concluded Mr Donaldson.