The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1991Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Comments on the IRA Mortar Attack – 7 February 1991

Below is the text of Mr Major’s comments on the IRA mortar attack on Downing Street on 7 February 1991.


Our determination to beat terrorism cannot be beaten by terrorism. The IRA’s record is one of failure in every respect, and that failure was demonstrated yet again today. It’s about time they learned the democracies cannot be intimidated by terrorism, and we treat them with contempt.