Convicted IRA man John Downey was arrested in relation to the IRA bomb which killed the two UDR soldiers in 1972. Photo: Pacemaker.

John Downey: Man wanted in connection with murder of UDR soldiers granted bail

A Co Donegal man who is wanted by prosecutors in Northern Ireland over the 1972 murders of two soldiers has been granted bail in a Dublin court ahead of a formal extradition hearing.

John Downey, 66, whose prosecution for the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing collapsed in controversy four years ago, has been released from Cloverhill prison in the city after bail of 35,000 euro was approved by judge Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly.

Convicted IRA man John Downey was arrested in relation to the IRA bomb which killed the two UDR soldiers in 1972. Photo: Pacemaker.
Convicted IRA man John Downey was arrested in relation to the IRA bomb which killed the two UDR soldiers in 1972. Photo: Pacemaker.
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