An IRA bomb in Manchester causes serious damage injures 200 people and puts the peace process in jeopardy.
On 15 June 1996, a bomb planted by the IRA exploded in Manchester devastating the city centre and injuring over two hundred people.
On arrival back from a visit to the United States, Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Dick Spring condemned the attack and described it as a sad day in the search for peace in Ireland given the high level ongoing peace negotiations.
Those responsible for the bomb in Manchester are not serving the cause of peace on this island.
Taoiseach John Bruton said that the IRA admission that their members were involved in the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe on 7 June, merely confirmed what was already known and did nothing to remove the sorrow and grief of the McCabe family. Mr Bruton said that this further cynical attack in Manchester would reinforce the Irish people's utter rejection of the IRA.
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) described the IRA’s statement as ultimate hypocrisy. They also said that the IRA statement will now cause problems for politicians who had said that the IRA were not involved in the shooting of Detective McCabe.
In London, Prime Minister John Major also condemned the Manchester bombing and said that people now knew why Sinn Féin were not involved in the peace talks in Northern Ireland until a ceasefire was called.
I hope the people who are responsible for this bomb will realise that every conceivable effort will be made to catch them, convict them and punish them for what they have done this morning in Manchester.
President of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams expressed shock and regret but fell short of condemning the bombing. He reinforced the party's commitment to the peace process.
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Ian Paisley said that the bombing demonstrated that Gerry Adams does not want or is not able to control the IRA.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 June 1996. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.