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Brighton bomber and victim’s daughter at east Belfast event

An IRA bomb was planted at the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Tory Party conference in 1984.

An IRA bomb was planted at the Grand Hotel in Brighton during the Tory Party conference in 1984.

The man responsible for the Brighton bomb is to speak in the heart of loyalist east Belfast.

Former IRA prisoner Patrick Magee will appear at an event in the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road, alongside Jo Berry.

Ms Berry lost her father, the Tory MP Sir Anthony Berry, in the 1984 blast for which Magee was convicted.

Four others were also killed in the explosion, which aimed to wipe out the most senior echelons of the then Conservative Government.

But Magee and Ms Berry have since met a number of times and, according to the event’s organisers, they have “explored reconciliation in very personal ways”.

The event, called Listening to Your Enemies, is set to take place on January 30 at 7.30pm.

It will be chaired by the Rev Dr Lesley Carroll.

The whole gathering is part of the 4 Corners Festival, organised on a cross-denominational basis by Fitzroy Presbyterian and Sacred Heart Parish, which aims to encourage attendees to leave their own “corner” of Belfast and learn about the beliefs and perspectives of those elsewhere.

 

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