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Monday 23 July 2018

Birmingham victims deserve justice - former IRA bomber

File photo of the wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded. Photo: PA
File photo of the wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded. Photo: PA
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

A convicted IRA bomber says he's willing to give evidence at the inquest into the Birmingham pub bombings because he believes the victims deserve the "reparation of truth and justice".

Shane Paul O'Doherty, originally from Derry, received 30 life sentences in 1976 for conducting a letter bombing campaign in London, but later renounced the IRA. The IRA attacks on two pubs in Birmingham on November 21, 1974, left 21 dead and almost 200 injured.

Last year one of the alleged bombers, Michael Hayes, claimed the deaths and injuries had been caused by an unintentional delay in delivering an advanced telephone warning to security services.

In his statement to the inquest, O'Doherty says he was the man who coined the code word 'Double X' used in Birmingham. He says he informed just two senior IRA figures. One of them was Martin McGuinness, and the other he has named as the so-called IRA director of operations in England. Mr O'Doherty added in his statement: "I believe I owe it to the victims of IRA bombings that they deserve the reparation of truth and justice."

Irish Independent

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