Father of boy killed in IRA bomb criticises Jeremy Corbyn

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The father of a boy killed in an IRA bombing in Warrington in 1993 has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his failure to condemn the IRA.

Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was one of two children killed in the bombing, made the comments following a visit by Mr Corbyn to Warrington on Saturday.

Mr Parry told the News Letter Mr Corbyn’s failure to condemn the actions of the IRA was “very strange indeed”.

The 1993 Warrington bombing killed two children - Colin’s son Tim and Johnathan Ball. Colin Parry described the IRA as an organisation who had “arbitrarily taken lives”.

He accused Jeremy Corbyn of “dancing on the head of a pin” for his failure to condemn the IRA.

Mr Parry said: “I would expect Jeremy Corbyn to announce, quite clearly, that he was utterly opposed to the use of violence by any paramilitary organisation. He has always been quite careful to avoid condemnation when he has been asked for it in the past.”

He continued: “I think for a party leader to be so neutral on it is strange indeed. I think for any party leader to say ‘I am not taking a position on such things’ is very strange, especially for a major party leader because it’s not like they’re a small party. It’s almost as if he can’t bring himself to say it. I

“It’s like he dances on the head of a pin on these things. It’s poor for a party leader.”

Mr Parry added: “They (the IRA) were an illegal organisation, acting illegally and arbitrarily taking lives.”

The News Letter attempted to contact Mr Corbyn yesterday to ask the Labour party leader to outline his views on the IRA but had yet to recieve a reply at the time of publication.