Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Dissidents blamed for Bradley attack

Police believe dissident republicans were responsible for an attack on the vice-chairman of the North's Policing Board as he watched the Eircom League Cup final between Derry City and UCD.

Denis Bradley is recovering in hospital today after he was struck several times on the head with a baseball bat by a masked man.

The former priest was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital and is understood to have suffered cuts to his head and a suspected broken nose.

Mr Bradley, a long-time community worker, has been the subject of threats from dissident republicans and attacks on his home in Derry since taking up his position on the Board.

His family escaped a multiple petrol bomb attack last year.

The SDLP's Mark Durkan was among those who condemned the attack and visited Mr Bradley in hospital.

"Unlike his attackers, Denis Bradley argues his views openly, takes other opinions too and can justify his stance and his actions," he said.

"Attacking a man like this in this way proves the weak cowardice of its perpetrators.

"Nobody should suffer such an attack in any circumstances at the hands of any thug."

Well said Mr Durkan. These dissident Republicans are scum and are an insult to the proud tradition of Irish Republicanism espoused by men like Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet.

The fact that they think this kind of thing is noble and justifiable goes to show how warped these thugs really are.

Shame on them.


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