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article imageIrish Republican Army hotel bombing causes political spat

By Justin King     Jun 1, 2014 in World
Londonderry - A masked man entered the Everglades Hotel in Northern Ireland, planted a bomb, and notified the receptionist that it would explode in forty minutes. The man claimed responsibility in the name of the Irish Republican Army before fleeing on foot.
The hotel staff cleared the building of guests and notified the authorities. The British Army was attempting to investigate the scene with a bomb disposal drone when the device detonated and sent flames through the lobby. Nobody was injured in the blast.
The hotel hosted a police recruitment drive last week.
Member of Parliament Mark Durkan said
The nature of the device, and the manner of this reckless attack, show that they are a threat to anyone and everyone.
Though the IRA did deliver a warning more than thirty minutes before the blast, it was not delivered directly to British security services. IRA analysts believe the shift to notifying bystanders on scene rather than security forces is a direct result of the British mishandling of the 1998 Omagh bombing. 29 people were killed in that blast despite multiple warnings, some issued more than a week in advance.
Mark Hirst, a former Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) bomber turned Sinn Fein politician condemned the attack. Hirst served 18 years in a British prison for his Republican activities. The PIRA laid down its arms in 2005, but other factions continue the war.
First Minister Martin McGuinness condemned the attack via Twitter.
However, Gary Donnelly, a leading dissident from the area, responded by stating:
To those who talk the damage to the economy, all I have to say is that Peter Robinson did more damage to the economy with one statement than this bomb ever did.
People who planted this device will give their own rationale. I'm not in the business of speaking for them nor have I ever been.
I will not be acting as their cheerleader, but at the same time not calling them traitors.
History has shown that the politics of condemnation do not work.
I would condemn the situation in this country with the British denial of Irish sovereignty. It means things like this will happen.
Sources say the Derry hotel was targeted because it has recently hosted a PSNI [Police Service of Northern Ireland] recruitment event and was due to hold another.
British authorities have continually attempted to dismiss and marginalize the IRA since activities began to surge last year.
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