Royal Irish Regiment: Sierra Leone Hostages

– in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:00 am on 11th September 2000.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Ian Paisley Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party 12:00 am, 11th September 2000

As the House is aware, the headquarters of the Royal Irish Regiment is in the North Antrim constituency. I am sure that the residents not only there but in the whole of Northern Ireland will want to express their gratitude to Almighty God for an answer to their prayers and the deliverance of those who were held captive as hostages.

We also wish to pay tribute to the member of the British Army who lost his life while helping to save the lives of these young men. To their families and friends we wish to express our great relief that they are now free. Getting the hostages out without further bloodshed is something of which the British Army can be proud.