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Statement by Rev Dr R T William McCrea

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown.

"On this date 17th January we remember that in 1992 the IRA brutally murdered 8 innocent Ulstermen and injured 6 others returning home from their daily work. Each year on the Sunday closest to the Anniversary date, Rev Ivor Smyth and myself have conducted a Service of Remembrance at the Memorial stone along the Omagh/Cookstown roadside. Indeed, each year since the atrocity committed in 1992, we have been holding this service with the families on the roadside in the snow, the rain, the frost and the hail but we never deterred by the conditions, because in our hearts we earnestly desired to remember these men.

I believe these yearly Remembrance Services have brought great comfort to the family circles, but sadly because of the Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to do so this year. We must always remember that these murdered workmen have loving families who are still grieving the loss of their loved ones. Also the fact that no one has been brought to justice for this IRA slaughter of the innocent continues to cause great pain. However we rest assured that those who perpetrated this despicable act will face the justice of Almighty God for their evil deed.

We must also remember the injured men and their families. These men carry in their bodies and minds the scars and wounds of that awful act. We must never forget the sacrifice made by so many innocent Ulster people during the years of IRA murder. I trust that the families of those murdered at Teebane will be comforted in knowing that so many in Mid Ulster still stand with them in their grief."