Written Answers. - Smithboro (Monaghan) Incident.

Tuesday, 22 October 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 411 No. 4

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  38.  Mr. Cotter  Information on William Cotter  Zoom on William Cotter   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   if he will give details of the incident which occurred near the Annaghmartin checkpoint at Smithboro, County Monaghan on 3 September 1991 involving subversive activists; if he will outline the number of similar incidents which have occurred at this location since February 1990; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  On 3 September 1991 an attempt was made to drive a bomb on board a tractor into an RUC/British Army checkpoint at Annaghmartin, Roslea, County Fermanagh. The operation was carried out by a large group of armed men who took over three houses in the area, two in the North and one in the South, and held the families therein hostage. They also established two illegal checkpoints in the vicinity for a period. The operation was aborted when the vehicle involved became stuck in soft soil.

Two attempts to bomb the checkpoint were also made on 22 November and 27 December 1990.


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