§ The Rev. Ian Paisley
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what circumstances was the village of Portglenore, Co. Antrim, bombed recently by the IRA; what amount of damage was caused; what action was taken; and what arrests were made.
§ Mr. Orme
Five bombs exploded in Portglenore shortly after midday on Saturday 27th July. No one was injured but there was widespread blast damage throughout the village and structural damage was caused to several buildings. Four of the bombs, each containing about 2lb of explosive, were planted by armed men and warnings were given. One of the four was carried to waste ground where it exploded. The fifth bomb contained about 150 lb of explosive and was delivered by proxy in a car which had been hi-jacked by six armed men. The driver's sister and brother were held hostage until the bomb exploded.
No arrests have yet been made but police enquiries are continuing.