Major pays tribute to young bomb victim

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(First Edition)

THE Prime Minister yesterday condemned the IRA and said the death of Tim Parry, the Warrington bomb victim, would touch the hearts of people in Britain and abroad.

He said: 'I believe the tragedy of another young life lost this morning, sadly, will have touched the hearts of many people in this country and I believe far beyond this country. The events of last week demonstrate that terrorism brings nothing but agony and misery. As we condemn terrorism, we do need to bear in mind that there are many people in Dublin, as elsewhere in the Republic of Ireland, elsewhere in Northern Ireland and Irish citizens in this country who condemn and detest the terrorists as much as MPs in this House.'

Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrat leader, praised those calling for peace at a meeting in Dublin last night organised by Susan McHugh.

She and Gordon Wilson, a retired Protestant businessman from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh - whose daughter was killed in the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb - spoke for millions, he said. 'If the people of Dublin can put their past behind them in their search for peace, then the politicians of the whole of Ireland should be able to do the same.'

Roger Gale (C Thanet N) hoped Mr Major would send a message to the US President 'to ask him to condemn the people in the US who collect the money that pays the IRA.'

Mr Major replied: 'I know the American administration view terrorism in the same way that we do.'