THE CONTINUING MURDEROUS threat from dissident republicans manifested itself on the steets of Enniskillen this week, bringing back poignant memories of the horrendous Provisional IRA Poppy Day bombing in 1987 which claimed the lives of 11 people.
The bomb left by the Continuity IRA at Enniskillen town hall may have caused only superficial damage and minor injury to six policemen, but the attack was obviously designed to create terror in a community that still bears the horrible scars of the atrocity almost 16 years ago.
The Enniskillen target may have been deliberately chosen to coincide with the visit to Northern Ireland today by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Premier Bertie Ahern for inter-party talks in a bid to move along the political process and attempt to restore the devolved Assembly at Stormont.
With legitimate unionist concerns over the possible dismantling by the Government of key security installations in return for some form of arms' decommissioning by the Provisional IRA, the attack brings a reminder of how premature any ''demilitarisation'' policies of the Government would be.
Dissident republican groups (Continuity IRA and Real IRA) are known to be active in Co Fermanagh, south Armagh, Londonderry and parts of Belfast and, while they may not have the capacity to cause widespread community terror on the scale of mainstream republicans at the height of the Troubles, there is still a potent threat coming from those operating in the hopeless cul-de-sac of ''the armed struggle''.
The attitude and toleration levels of leading Sinn Fein members towards dissident republican activity is very disappointing, but hardly surprising, and the comments of Fermanagh-South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew that Monday night's attack may have been a reaction to Army presence in the …