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Disgraceful disruption to Omagh Remembrance event

Thousands of people across Northern Ireland took part in Remembrance Sunday events yesterday, among them Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who laid a laurel wreath at the cenotaph in Enniskillen, 30 years on from the horrifying IRA bomb attack that claimed 12 lives.

It is deeply disturbing that anyone would try to disrupt an event remembering the dead but regrettably that is what happened in Omagh yesterday.

A wreath laying ceremony was postponed after a suspicious object - later confirmed to be a viable device - was discovered in Drumragh Avenue, leading to a security operation.

It is despicable that a commemoration service was targeted in this way.

Remembrance ceremonies are solemn and dignified occasions and should be treated with respect.

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