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1976 Jul 21 We
Margaret Thatcher

Written Statement on IRA murder of British Ambassador to Ireland (Christopher Ewart-Biggs)

Document type: speeches
Document kind: Written Statement
Venue: -
Source: Thatcher Archive: CCOPR 740/76
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Marked for immediate release.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 111
Themes: Northern Ireland, Terrorism

I am shocked and appalled by the brutal murder of Her Majesty's Christopher Ewart BiggsAmbassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his Judith Cookcompanion.

Mr. Ewart Biggs served his country gallantly in war and peace. My heart goes out to his wife and family in their sorrow and tragedy.

I do not know what the perpetrators of this ghastly crime sought to achieve, but they will not succeed either in damaging our relations with the people of Eire and their Government, or weaken our resolve to destroy terrorism wherever it appears.