A coalition of victims’ groups has objected to the wording on a plaque unveiled to Shankill bomber Thomas Begley.
The IRA member died along with nine innocent civilians when the device he was carrying into a Shankill Road fish shop exploded prematurely.
Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United said Sunday’s unveiling ceremony at Ardoyne “should not have happened”.
He said: “The plaque unveiled reads; ‘Oglach (soldier) Thomas ‘Bootsy’ Begley who died on active service’. It also carries a quote from former IRA leader Seamus Twomey, saying: ‘It takes courage and devotion to your people to take the hard road to freedom’.
“This wording explains the true motivations of those behind the event. It was and is yet another warped attempt of revisionism to try and legitimise the IRA’s murderous terror campaign.”
Mr Donaldson said the Begley family had a right to grieve but felt “the propaganda show on Sunday was not about personal loss”.
He added: “There is a hard road ahead to freedom, but that freedom is the kind where the community of Northern Ireland are no longer held to ransom by terrorism, where people are no longer kept down by self-appointed Mafia-esque gangsters.”