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    Breaking News: IRA Release Names of Birmingham Bombers

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...re-responsible

    Birmingham pub bombings: IRA bomber names four men he says were responsible

    Convicted bomber tells court he was given permission by head of IRA in Dublin


    A convicted IRA bomber known as Witness O has named four men he says were responsible for the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, telling the inquest he had been given permission to do so by the current head of the IRA in Dublin.

    Twenty-one people were killed and more than 200 injured when bombs were detonated in two Birmingham city centre pubs – the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town – on the evening of Thursday 21 November nearly 45 years ago.



    Giving evidence in court on Friday, the anonymous ex-IRA volunteer said he had been told by the head of the IRA six months ago in Dublin that he could name those he knew were involved.

    Speaking over a secure videolink, he named the officer commanding (OC) the Birmingham IRA at the time as Seamus McLoughlin, and as the person responsible for selecting the targets. He said he gave McLoughlin’s name to two police detectives days after the bombings while he was serving time in HMP Winson Green, but heard nothing more.

    He said Mick Murray was one of the bombers. Murray, who died in 1999, was one of two men named by the former Labour MP Chris Mullin in an article in the London Review of Books published in February.

    Asked about James Gavin, who was also named by Mullin and died in 2002, he replied: “Well he was [involved], I met him in Dublin and he said he was.”

    Witness O was asked if Michael Hayes was in the bombing team. He said he was, but added, in apparent reference to the Good Friday agreement: “But he can’t be arrested. There is nobody going to be charged with this atrocity. The British government have signed an agreement with the IRA.”

    He said that two other men he knew as as Dublin Dave and Socks had also been involved, but that he did not know either man’s name.

    The inquest into the deaths was opened in November 1974, but was adjourned to allow for a criminal investigation. In 1975, six men – who became known as the Birmingham Six – were convicted for the bombings but were acquitted 16 years later in 1991.

    Murray was tried alongside the Birmingham Six and convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions. Gavin was also tried alongside the Birmingham Six and convicted of the possession of explosives.

    Murray, Gavin, McLoughlin and Hayes were all named in 1990, in the Granada Television documentary drama Who Bombed Birmingham?.

    Fresh inquests into the deaths were ordered in 2016 but were delayed by disputes over whether the hearings should examine who might be responsible for the bombings.

    In January 2018, the high court overturned a ruling by the coroner Sir Peter Thornton that alleged perpetrators would not fall within the framework of the inquest. Thornton appealed against that decision the following July and the court of appeal ruled in his favour in September.

    Speaking via videolink from Dublin on Thursday, the former IRA intelligence chief Kieran Conway said he knew the names of those who were responsible for the bombings but would not name them.

    He described the attacks as an IRA operation that went badly wrong and said the public outrage caused by the bombings had nearly destroyed the group.

    Conway, who is a criminal defence solicitor in Ireland and was convicted of handling explosives in Derry in the 1970s, was asked if he thought the attacks constituted murder. He replied: “No I don’t agree. I believe it was an IRA operation that went wrong.”

    “Had the IRA deliberately targeted that pub with the intention of killing civilians then that would have been murder, yes. But in the circumstances, as I have been told, I don’t accept that it was murder,” he said. “I say that it was an IRA operation that went badly wrong.”

    Asked how he would have described the deaths, he said: “I understand perfectly that this is unacceptable to the British people but I would categorise them as accidental.”

    After the attacks, an internal IRA court of inquiry, convened in Ireland, cleared those involved in the bombings, Conway said, with IRA chiefs agreeing that the atrocity was down to the delay in calling in the coded warning because the chosen phone box was out of order.

    Conway said, at the time of the bombings, IRA operations in England were carried out by active service units autonomous of the organisation’s command in Ireland, who were picking bombing targets themselves. Civilian targets were “strictly and loudly forbidden”, he said.

    In a statement issued by the Justice4the21 campaign following Conway’s evidence, they said: “The question now remains that if the authorities know the names of the perpetrators – an issue which is not within the scope of the inquest – what criminal investigations and prosecutorial decisions are being undertaken and what actions will be taken by the police and prosecutors?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Giving evidence in court on Friday, the anonymous ex-IRA volunteer said he had been told by the head of the IRA six months ago in Dublin that he could name those he knew were involved.
    Why wait 6 months?
    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    The British government have signed an agreement with the IRA.”
    Yeah, fcuk Tony Blair.

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    There is nobody going to be charged with this atrocity. The British government have signed an agreement with the IRA.”

    then why is

    one former British paratrooper to be charged in connection with the killings of civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, drawing dismay and calls for accountability from the families who lost loved ones more than 40 years ago.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...unday-killings

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    Because under the friday accord the fuk Blair let the terrorists get away scot free whilst our service personnel are going to get hung out to dry. I would dearly love to get Tony an invite to a Para reunion, he's got a fuk load to answer for.

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    I suppose you three geniuses would prefer to still have the IRA conducting a bombing campaign on mainland UK and a civil war in NI?

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    Did anyone say they wanted to go back to the conflict days, were you there you wanker, lost anyone? didn't think so. My comment is aimed at equality, now get back to your Brexit thread where you're happier looking an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Did anyone say they wanted to go back to the conflict days, were you there you wanker, lost anyone? didn't think so. My comment is aimed at equality, now get back to your Brexit thread where you're happier looking an idiot.
    I was there, I lost people, I don’t want to go back there - that’s one reason I hate Brexit so much - bunch of ignorant cunts going to start that fkn stupid war up again. To me having the DUP in government is the same as having Sinn Fein in government. Stupid stupid stupid fkn thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Did anyone say they wanted to go back to the conflict days
    Yes..

    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Because under the friday accord the fuk Blair let the terrorists get away scot free whilst our service personnel are going to get hung out to dry. I would dearly love to get Tony an invite to a Para reunion, he's got a fuk load to answer for.
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    were you there you wanker, lost anyone? didn't think so.
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    friday accord
    Your fake boohooing might be more convincing if you knew the actual name of the peace deal:
    Good Friday Agreement

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