PROCESS RESUMES AFTER STORMONT MAYHEM
Crazed killer Michael Stone outlined his plan to mount a
Colombine-style assault against the Sinn Fein leadership in a letter to
a local newspaper.
The Belfast Telegraph said it had determined that the letter is
genuine. The letter is dated 24 November, the date Stone was stopped
at the entrance to the Great Hall of Stormont assembly buildings.
In the letter, the former UDA unionist paramilitary leader revealed his
plan to target Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
He would, he wrote, "bluff" his way past security staff and
set off a
"flash bang" explosion in the large hall, the letter claims.
The letter begins: "On receiving this correspondence, I, Michael
will be in one of two positions.
"One, I will be in police custody with the events surrounding my
ensuring that I spend the rest of my natural life in prison.
"Two, that I am deceased... the latter in all probability as I don't
intend withdrawing from my mission..."
In his letter, he outlines his plans to get into the chamber and, if
Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness were not there, go to their offices in
It also includes a list of his weapons: a large "flash bang"
seven nail bombs, three knives, one axe and a garrotte.
The letter also states that he believed he would probably be killed in
It is signed: "For God and for Ulster" with his nickname "Flint"
Stone was arrested after his attempt to enter Stormont failed when he
appeared to become trapped in the revolving doors of Parliament
building and was disarmed by two security guards.
On Monday, the political parties returned to the Assembly chamber to
finish the debate interrupted when the buildings were evacuated
following Stone's attack.
The parties united to endorse the Speaker's praise for the civilian
staff who disarmed and detained Stone.
The session of the powerless 'transitional' assembly then continued
with criticism from the smaller unionist parties, including UK Unionist
Robert McCartney who dismissed last Friday's contributions as "a
choreographed puppet show".
He said the speech by Ian Paisley, in which he initially failed to
allow his own designation for the future position of First Minister
alongside Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, was a "moment of truth"
the DUP leader and his party
"When you, Madam Speaker, on [British Direct Ruler] Peter Hain's
instructions, deemed Ian Paisley's response as an acceptance [that he
will go into the Executive alongside Martin McGuinness], he could there
and then have denied that it was. He did not," Mr McCartney told
"I understand that his response omitted the express acceptance in
text agreed with Tony Blair. Subsequently, he publicly accepted the
nomination outside this chamber." Mr McCartney charged that this
invalid acceptance and ought to be repeated inside the Assembly and for
it to be recorded.
He said Peter Hain and Tony Blair wanted devolution at any price
"before Blair retires and Hain moves on".
"They are indifferent to the unstable, unworkable and undemocratic
they leave behind." Devolution for Sinn Fein was, he added, "a
in their all-Ireland strategy".
Speaking after the debate, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said: "This
is a difficult process. It is very much inch by inch. It is a matter of
trying to bring representatives across a line and into a new place."