Anger at welcome home party for John Downey

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Republicans are acting with “appallingly bad taste” by organising a party to welcome home John Downey after his murder trial was halted, Gregory Campbell has said.

Downey had been charged with killing four soldiers in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing, but an Old Bailey judge dismissed the case when it emerged the convicted IRA member had a letter granting him immunity from prosecution.

Police forensic officers working on the remains of the IRA car which housed the Hyde Park car bomb.
Police forensic officers working on the remains of the IRA car which housed the Hyde Park car bomb.

He was due to arrive back in Co Donegal last night and it has emerged that a celebration is being held in his honour.

 

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