[Sinn Fein]

29 December 1997

Seamus Dillon's Heroism Prevented Massacre

Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has called the unselfish avctions of Seamus Dillon, Christy Cummings and Joseph Herron on Saturday night as nothing less than heroic.

Mr. McGuinness said:

If it had not been for the swft and unselfish actions of these three heroic people we could have been dealing with the deaths of dozens of teenagers. Unfortunately Seamus Dillon paid the supreme sacrifice in saving the lives of those attending the disco.

I have no doubt had this action been taken by members of the British forces or the RUC wo would have been bombarded in every newscast with their heroic expolits. But they were Irish Nationalists and therefore their heroism will not be acknowledged by political leaders or commentators on either island.

The RUC still have not provided answers to the questions which I posed yesterday concerning the fact that they warned some businesses in Tyrone about risks of attacks forty-five minutes after the car ed in the attack on the Glengannon Hotel was hijacked in Portadown and four hours before the attack? And why was the Glangannon not warned given the isolated location and the fact that a disco containing several hundred young people was widely advertised? These are facts which have been corroborated by others within the nationalist community today.

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