Widespread condemnation of the bombing of the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen.

Warning of the bomb came through to the hotel during the wedding reception of newlyweds Thaddeas Turbett and Martina McManus. They had just minutes to evacuate the building along with their guests.

They only had minutes to get out before the device exploded.

The bomb containing over twelve hundred pounds of homemade explosives was set to go off in a jeep parked outside a newly opened wing of the hotel. The vehicle had been stolen in Dublin over ten days ago and had been fitted with false county Roscommon number plates.

The blast demolished the new wing and caused extensive damage to the rest of the building and to vehicles in the car park.

Seventeen guests were treated in hospital for shock and three were detained over night. A feeling of horror and despair is now felt in Enniskillen, a town which has suffered greatly throughout The Troubles.

Sam Foster of the Ulster Unionist Party is sickened by the bombing describing it as a terrible setback for the community, tourism and for Northern Ireland as a whole.

Enniskillen is a popular area with tourists, many of whom were staying at the Killyhelvin Hotel. The latest attack could change all that. One German woman who was staying at the hotel is still in shock after last night's attack and is unsure if she will ever return.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 July 1996. The reporter is Brendan Wright.