11/08/2006

Real IRA admit to Newry firebombs

The Real IRA has today claimed responsibility for carrying out the fire-bomb attacks on County Down businesses earlier this week.

The paramilitary organisation, which is responsible for carrying out the Omagh atrocity in 1998, claimed to leaving incendiary devices, which destroyed four shops in Newry in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

TK Maxx, JJB Sports, MFI and Carpetright were all destroyed in the blaze, with a number of other premises sustaining thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The admission came after Newry and Mourne District Council Chiefs and business leaders met to discuss the prospect of getting the businesses up and running.

SDLP mayor for Newry, Michael Carr said: "The Real IRA should examine their motives. Their cause is not a blow for Ireland, but a blow against their own communities."

Mr Carr added that these businesses will be given every support, including attempts to have them temporarily re-located as soon as possible.

(EF)

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