Another private case against the IRA that needs financial help

News Letter editorial
News Letter editorial
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A campaign has been launched to bring the chief suspect in the horrendous 1982 Hyde Park bomb to court.

The blast exploded as soldiers of the Household Cavalry were passing on their changing of the guard procession. Four soldiers were murdered and others were injured, as were civilians. Seven horses died.

It was one in a litany of IRA atrocities.

Yet on both sides of the Irish Sea there has been an abject failure to bring IRA terrorists in this and other cases to court.

Meanwhile, Legal Aid is helping to fund a number of anti state cases in the Northern Ireland courts.

Also, three elderly soldiers face trial for Troubles killings.

The private legal campaign in the Hyde Park case has been backed by The Sun newspaper and has already reached 80% of its initial target. Another private action, in the case of the calculated and vicious murder of three Scottish soldiers in 1971, on a pretext that they would meet girls at a party, met its initial target after support from this newspaper.

We again are strongly supporting the private Hyde Park bomb campaign.

There are major questions as to why the British government is not supporting these cases, given the abject failure of the wider criminal justice system to bring major IRA murderers and IRA godfathers to justice.

It will be a major political failure of unionism if Stormont is allowed to resume in the absence of clear explanation as to how this legacy imbalance will be rectified. We need to know where the problem lies, and how it is to be changed.

Raymond Farrell, right, mentions a statistic that shows the huge restraint of isolated border Protestants in the face of widespread IRA murder. Yet the legacy processes to date give every impression that the state was principally to blame.

In the meantime, these private cases need funding and support and we urge readers to donate to them and we hope the beginning of many such actions.