Unionists put blame on Tony Blair for ‘amnesties’

The scene after the 1982 attack.

The scene after the 1982 attack.

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The fact that a convicted IRA member escaped trial for the 1982 Hyde Park bomb due to a Government letter of immunity caused widespread anger yesterday.

First Minister Peter Robinson labelled the outcome a “sad day for victims of terrorism”.

“This conclusion is an outrage and a dark day for justice in the United Kingdom,” he said. “Mr Downey was being tried for one of the most heinous atrocities of the Troubles, but has now invoked a get-out-of-jail free card which he and his cohorts were handed by Tony Blair’s Government.”


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