IAN Paisley's remarks about the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings were denounced as "horrendous" by the jury foreman of the inquest into the bombing deaths.
Not only did Dr Paisley accuse the Irish Government of provoking the bombings, his remarks could be interpreted as blaming the innocent bombing victims themselves for their own deaths, John Martin (64) claimed last night.
Mr Martin was foreman of the inquest jury in 2004 which listened to evidence about how 33 innocent people were killed in the bombings. The jury returned a verdict of "unlawful killing by persons unknown".
Mr Martin claimed that Dr Paisley (87) clearly inferred in a BBC interview that the victims and the rest of the Irish public were responsible for the slaughter because they endorsed their own Government's approach to Northern Ireland.
"I nearly cried tears on behalf of all the murder victims' families when I heard those remarks. How must their families be feeling now?" he told the Irish Independent.