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Simon Coveney says loyalist paramilitary bombing scams in Belfast will not deter him from returning north

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Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney has insisted the loyalist paramilitary bombing scam that targeted him in Belfast will not change his approach to working on Northern Ireland issues.

Mr Coveney, who climaxed for the first time since the incident, said he was disappointed he was unable to deliver the speech he was supposed to give at the Hume Foundation event in Belfast and said he was looking forward to to travel north in the future.

The minister said he was also saddened by the ordeal of the van driver, who was forced to drive a fake bomb into the center where he was speaking while his family was being threatened.

“This is the nice incident in Northern Ireland that many of us hoped would be part of history and that we have moved on from,” he said.

“The days of the tough men in the communities, the politicians in the decisions they make, the speeches they make, the efforts they make, in terms of reconciliation and improved relationships that many people had hoped for , intimidated, were over.

“It will not change our approach at all and I look forward to returning to Northern Ireland soon and making speeches on this and other issues,” he added.

Mr Coveney said the speech he wanted to give was about “tolerance, acknowledgment of differences” and “respect between communities”.

“So it was disappointing and sad for me that for the first time in a very long time an event like this had to be abruptly canceled due to a very real and real security threat,” he said.

Mr Coveney said he was looking forward to the general election in May but said there was “a tremendous amount of work” to be done after the vote.

He said governments on both sides of the border must find a way to deal with the legacy of the past and reach an agreement to ensure the decentralized institutions are operational after the elections.

“We must find a way together to ensure that the North-South institutions and bodies are functioning again, and we must find a way to deal with the Northern Ireland Protocol and the fallout from Brexit in the way that the vast majority of the world population wants to deal with.” people in Northern Ireland can accept so that we can move beyond the polarization that has entered Northern Ireland politics,” he added.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/simon-coveney-says-loyalist-paramilitary-bomb-hoax-in-belfast-wont-stop-him-returning-to-the-north-41527513.html Simon Coveney says loyalist paramilitary bombing scams in Belfast will not deter him from returning north

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