A Catholic councillor has demanded that Sein Fein leader, Gerry Adams, apologise for the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.
Although the IRA never claimed responsibility for the double attack, which claimed 21 lives, Cllr Mike Nangle is convinced of the terrorist organisation’s guilt.
And he believes that in the spirit of the Irish peace process, the Republican – supporting political party should own up for the benefit of victims’ families.
The Irish-born 63-year-old said:
‘I appeal to Gerry Adams as a Christian, a man of integrity, and an Irishman, to use your influence to extract an apology form the IRA for the horrific damage the senseless bombings caused to the people of Birmingham.’
Meanwhile, families of victims joined with 167 survivors of the blast at St Philip’s Anglican Cathedral in Birmingham on Tuesday, to pay their respects to those who died in the blasts.
The bombings, which took place at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town on November 21st, 1974, continue to be the focus of a campaign to force the city council to hold an annual minute’s silence.
One of the survivors, Mr Derek Harrison, said:
‘November 21 is always a difficult day to get over. I’m grateful for every day now, but the memories will never go away.’
-The Universe Sunday 26th November 2000