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Mother of IRA victim criticises decision not to prosecute alleged bomber

By SWEPnino  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

Mother of IRA victim criticises decision not to prosecute alleged bomber

IRA victim, Royal Marine Mark Jones, from Mumbles

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A mother whose son was killed by the IRA says that a police error which has allowed an alleged Irish bomber to walk away from court has made the lives of the groups’ victims seem worthless.

John Downey, aged 62, who was convicted of IRA membership in the 1970’s, was Scotland Yard’s prime suspect for the bomb which killed four soldiers in Hyde Park in July 1982.

But an Old Bailey judge has ruled he would not be prosecuted for the offence, which he denied, because he had received in error a written assurance from police he would not face prosecution.

The decision has been criticised by families of the soldiers killed in the explosion, and has been shared by Mary Adams, who Royal Marine son Mark Jones was killed by an IRA bomb in 1989.

The 27-year-old former Bishop Gore pupil, from Mumbles, was one of 11 soldiers killed when the Provisional IRA attacked the Marines’ barracks in Deal in 1989.

Mary Adams said: “I just couldn’t believe the decision. It made me think, what side are we are on?

“For the police to say they had an agreement he would not be prosecuted, makes my heart ache for the families. I know what they would be going through.

“It is just like telling relatives they have lost nothing, or getting rid of old stock.

“These people were our future. Mark would have had a family by now, and children, and we would have been involved.

“But no-one is paying a price. It makes their lives seem worthless.

“I am just so disgusted with it. I thought people were on our side, and something was going to be done about it. But those who have died have lost their identity, and just become a statistic.”

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  March 02 2014, 5:53PM

    Not sure where I'm wrong Neathboy, it isa historical fact that Jiohn Major started the NI peace process, was complimented by TB for the work he started and would have contibued (probably without the shady deals done by TB and PH. And surely by advocating the pardon of murderers and early release of murderers you must believe in the release of murderers to be able top put forward a balance view of your beliefs, otherwise you could be accused of biase...and we wouldn't want that would we?

  • Neathboy234  |  March 01 2014, 5:42PM

    GorsseinonJoe you clearly have little understanding of the peace process. Next you will no doubt be comparing one of the greatest men to have lived Mr Mandela to child killer and murderers. Or if i'm wrong correct me and put me in my place.

  • GorsseinonJoe  |  March 01 2014, 4:48PM

    Actually Neathboy it was John Major who started the peace process not Tony Blair, Blair himself recognised this when he was elected. But if we take your chosen position Neathboy why don't we release all the child killers and other murderers, after all, the past is the past isn't it? Interestingly Peter Hain in a radio interview actually said that this deal was necessary??? and that "no-one knew it was happening" but still managed to blame the police for the error rather than apologising to all those victims blown to bits by cowardly terrorists who didn't distinguish between child or adult, Catholic or Protestant.

  • Neathboy234  |  March 01 2014, 3:20PM

    Zoomer i've just had a closer look at the numbers of Catholics V the numbers of protestants. In every age group under the age of 40 the Catholics are in the lead. From 0-4 years it's 44.3% to 31.7. Demographically it will be the Catholics calling the shots in the years to come.

  • Neathboy234  |  March 01 2014, 3:14PM

    GorsseinonJoe ypu shuuld be applauding Tony Blair, Peter Hain and John Reid, for it was they and their like who brought about the peace in N I, or would you rather there still be killings taking place. And finally my friend it's time to forget about the past and move on, that's what the good Friday agreement was all about. Hopefully in time the good people of N I will follow in the lead of the united kingdom as a whole and become more atheist

  • Neathboy234  |  March 01 2014, 3:08PM

    Zoomer if Protestants living in N I wanted to leave the Provence if it were reunited with Ireland then it would be up to them if they wish to do so. They could move anywhere within the EU. As for them being the majority in 2014 well that is questionable. In 2001 Protestants make up 45.6% of the population, by 2011 this had fallen to 41.6. If this trend as continued until now their numbers would be around 40.4%. The number of Catholics in 2011 was 40.8% just up slightly from 2001. So in every probability the Catholics are in the majority.

  • Neathboy234  |  March 01 2014, 3:08PM

    Zoomer if Protestants living in N I wanted to leave the Provence if it were reunited with Ireland then it would be up to them if they wish to do so. They could move anywhere within the EU. As for them being the majority in 2014 well that is questionable. In 2001 Protestants make up 45.6% of the population, by 2011 this had fallen to 41.6. If this trend as continued until now their numbers would be around 40.4%. The number of Catholics in 2011 was 40.8% just up slightly from 2001. So in every probability the Catholics are in the majority.

  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 27 2014, 6:35PM

    Neathboy, you need to stop being an apologist for Tony Blair, Peter Hain and John Reid. I was pointing out the anger and concern shown by many who actually live in NI. These murderers were set free by a British Government, you are trying to play down this fact. You don't miss many opportunities to remember the past but seem to want to forget this monumental error.

  • Zoomer  |  February 27 2014, 12:36PM

    Members of the Paras have had the Bloody Sunday event hanging over their heads for how many years ? Most of the Paras, then in their 20's, are now OAPs ! It's cost the taxpayer over £100 million in various inquiries over the years, it's not yet really finished, and it could result in some Paras ending up in jail. The well known "man of the people", and £multimillionaire Tony Blair, was behind this. What does he have to say on the matter, that is of course he and his wife are not on some "freebie" holiday in someone's private villa. Finally, with regard to Neathboy's remark about ALL of Ireland being one independent Country. The Protestants' are in the majority in Northern Ireland. Should Protestants who don't want to join a Republican Northern Ireland all be deported to the UK mainland ? Or do you have some other bright idea ?

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  • swanseajock  |  February 26 2014, 10:18PM

    I still can't get my head round the fact that he was told that he wasn't wanted by the police! So what, he was and should go to court. Even if he gets only 2 years if convicted he, along with the rest would be on life licence. And if as you say the agreement covers the British Army, why the huge investigation into the Bloody Sunday event, and the threat of court action against ex-Paras? Seems the Republican Terrorist and Sinn Fein took the Labour lot (and carried on with this lot) as fools. And should the UK have forced the Protestant majority to become Irish?

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