Bomb attack on PSNI officers: Don’t take bait

Bomb attack on PSNI officers: Don’t take bait
PSNI Chief Stephen Martin at the press address earlier today.

It is not too hard to imagine that a certain kind of Irish person might squirm or, in extremis, shout at the TV when one of the Edwardians driving Brexit makes yet another statement that underlines their willful ignorance of our shared history. 

Equally, it is not hard to imagine that some of those living in Northen Ireland might respond with similar frustration, when one of the events in the litany of physical-force republicanism is commemorated south of the border. 

Both are, depending on your position, provocations.

One of the few things that can be said about Brexit, as the do-or-die deadline looms, is that one side will provoke the other, sometimes in dreadful ways. 

The suspected dissident bomb attack in Co Fermanagh yesterday falls into that category. 

The anti-democratic attack was intended to kill PSNI officers and renew toxic tribalism.

The only wise response is to ensure that the terrorists feel the full weight of the justice system. 

Do not take the bait, do not react in a way that will, just as happened 50 years ago, threaten the peace this island has enjoyed for 25 years.

More on this topic

Man appears in court charged with attempted murder of police officerMan appears in court charged with attempted murder of police officer

Man held over mortar bomb found pointed at police station in TyroneMan held over mortar bomb found pointed at police station in Tyrone

Bomb found in parked vehicle ‘meant for police patrol’ in Derry Bomb found in parked vehicle ‘meant for police patrol’ in Derry

Homes evacuated following discovery of suspicious object in TyroneHomes evacuated following discovery of suspicious object in Tyrone

More in this Section

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork cityFlood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city

Will report critical of use of public services card ever be seen?Will report critical of use of public services card ever be seen?

A safe, boring budget is what we need as the drama of Brexit loomsA safe, boring budget is what we need as the drama of Brexit looms

Public service broadcasting - RTÉ might change but it must survivePublic service broadcasting - RTÉ might change but it must survive


Lifestyle

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine advises a 20-something man who isn’t having any luck meeting women in bars and clubs.Ask a counsellor: ‘Neither me or my mates have had a date for years – what are we doing wrong?’

As Aussie beer and cider brand Gayle launches in the UK, Abi Jackson finds out more from co-founder Virginia Buckworth.‘Brewed with love’: How new Aussie brand Gayle is putting ‘gay ale’ on the world drinks map

Frédérique Lecomte uses drama to help child soldiers, as well as other victims and perpetrators in conflict zones, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Healing power of theatre

With two drum kits and three guitars, Thumper really do live up to their name, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Happy to be part of the rock revival

More From The Irish Examiner