MPs’ fury at bomber

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SELF- CON­FESSED IRA bomber should be ex­tra­dited to Bri­tain to face jus­tice, MPs urged yes­ter­day.

They spoke out af­ter ter­ror­ist Michael Christo­pher Hayes, 69, broke decades of si­lence to ad­mit be­ing part of the cell that killed 21 peo­ple in 1974 by plant­ing bombs in two Birm­ing­ham pubs.

The atroc­ity was com­pounded when six men were wrongly con­victed for the crime and im­pris­oned for al­most two decades.

Bomb­maker Hayes last week told the BBC he ac­cepted “col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity” for all IRA at­tacks in Bri­tain, and said he was sorry in­no­cent peo­ple were killed.

But Hayes – who now lives in Dublin – re­fused to say if he planted the bombs him­self.

Yes­ter­day Khalid Mah­mood, Labour MP for Birm­ing­ham Perry Barr, said on the BBC’s Sun­day Pol­i­tics the fam­i­lies of vic­tims of the at­tacks suf­fer to this day.

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