[Sinn Fein]

16 August 1998

Omagh bomb a tragedy for everyone

Speaking from Omagh this afternoon, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP said:

``Let me first of all express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and my sympathy to those recovering in hospital. Like may other people I am shocked at the enormous loss of life here in Omagh. This is a tragedy for all the people of Ireland but particularly for the people of Tyrone.

``I want to reiterate my words of condemnation. I hope that those who planted this bomb understand the enormity of their actions. They should admit their responsibilty for it without delay and they should stop their activity immediately.

``This is not a time for anyone to be playing politics with this tragedy. There is now an urgent need for Mr. Trimble and Mr. Mallon to call together the leaders of all the political parties to discuss this crisis.

``I am appealing to people even in the midst of this awful event not to lose hope, not to despair. There is a path out of this dark tunnel. I will work with others, as we have been doing all along, to secure the peace that all of us want.''

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