After the coverage of Fridays bombscares several commentators responded thus:
“Yes that brave Irish freedom fighter who stepped onto that treacherous bus with the dangerous crowd of pensioners truly deserves to walk to the dole office to collect his British pounds with his head held high”
“I must say, the traffic jams for Irish unity campaign isnt doing much for me.”
“All these security alerts are basically anti-social behaviour and shows that republican dissidents are much more like their homie friends in Brixton than their apologists would have us believe.”
However, despite these flippant dismissals – this incident where crown forces came under fire dealing with a bomb claim outside Newry indicates, while the initial claim may not be dangerous, the intent is very much there.