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Rodney Edwards, deputy editor of the Impartial Reporter, in today’s Guardian newspaper

Roy Greenslade, in The Guardian, writes:

“…in March this year, a middle-aged man walked into the office of the Impartial Reporter, the Enniskillen-based paper that serves the people of Fermanagh and other border counties in Northern Ireland.

“He asked the receptionist if he could speak to a female reporter because of the sensitivity of what he was about to say.

“The man then told the reporter, Jessica Campbell, about a dark secret he had kept for more than 30 years.

“As a 12-year-old child he had been abused when using public toilets in the town centre. In the following months, he was subject to a series of sexual assaults by a group of men.

“…Although there had been rumours down the years of a paedophile ring in Fermanagh, this was the first evidence with enough checkable detail for the paper to feel confident about publishing the story.

“The reaction astonished the Impartial’s staff. The paper was deluged with phone calls, emails and letters in which people revealed that they, too, had been victims of abuse. The story snowballed.

It was the start of what has become an Homeric undertaking by the deputy editor, Rodney Edwards, who has investigated more than 50 allegations of historic sexual abuse across the county.

In fairness.

Here’s why local journalism must find a way to survive (Roy Greenslade, The Guardian)

Rodney Edwards

BBC reports:

Police officers have escaped injury in a bomb explosion in County Fermanagh.

The explosion happened at Wattle Bridge, near Newtownbutler, during a security operation launched after a warning was received.

Meanwhile, yesterday…

County Fermanagh: Police escape injury in bomb attack (BBC Northern Ireland)

Pic: Google Maps


A statement issued by the PSNI from Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin states:

Police at the scene of an ongoing security operation in Newtownbutler can confirm that some form of explosive device has detonated in the area.

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin  said: “At around 10.35am this morning Police officers at the scene have reported an explosion in the area of the Cavan Road at its junction with the Wattlebridge Road.  There are no reports of any injuries and officers are investigating the cause of the explosion.

“Police had received a report that a suspect device had been left in the area of Wattle Bridge on Saturday evening.  The area was secured by police and a full clearance operation began on Sunday morning.

The initial report received by police indicated that a device had been left on the Wattlebridge Road however the explosion occurred on the main A3 Cavan Road.

“While this investigation is at a very early stage I am of the firm belief this was a deliberate attempt to lure police and ATO colleagues into the area to murder them.

“Although this device was intended to kill police and army personnel the fact that it was placed on a main road the result could well have been devastating for anyone in the immediate vicinity.

“This attack was indiscriminate and reckless and, whilst there is no doubt in my mind that police responding to this call were the target, the reality is that anyone could have been caught up in the explosion.

“We are extremely fortunate that the actions of officers who were first on scene meant that there was not serious injury or death. I wish to acknowledge and commend the bravery and commitment of those officers and army personnel at the scene of this attack.

“I would like to again thank the community for their patience and cooperation throughout the security operation as we seek to ensure their safety.

The area around the scene will remain closed for some time while our officers conduct their investigations and ensure the area is safe.

“I ask that anyone who may be able to help our investigation and identify the perpetrators of this sinister and potentially murderous attack to please come forward.

You can call us on 101 or if you would prefer information can be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Statement from Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin about explosion in Newtownbutler (PSNI)

17/6/2013 G8 Summit. The coalition 'Enough Food fo17/6/2013 G8 Summit. The coalition 'Enough Food fo

The coalition ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ take to the water on Lough Erne in a longboat wearing masks of each of the G8 leaders and displaying a sail with ‘End Tax Dodging’.

Pictured is young ambassador Mwajuma Tulsidas from Tanzania. Irish charities involved with ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ are Trocaire, Oxfam Ireland, Save the Children, Concern and Christian Aid.

(Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland)