Still little justice for families 43 years after IRA travesty
THE pub bombings happened at the height of a bloody IRA bombing campaign on the British mainland.
Two pubs, The Mulberry Bush, in the base of The Rotunda, and the nearby underground bar The Tavern In The Town, were destroyed by bombs on November 21, 1974. Apart from those who were murdered, more than 180 were injured.
A flawed police investigation led to the wrongful conviction of the Birmingham Six and no-one has been brought to justice.
In July this year, a self-confessed former IRA bomber claimed he was involved with the group responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings.
But Michael Christopher Hayes refused to identify who planted the bombs.
Now 69, he claimed the bombs had not been intended to kill. When he heard the death toll, he personally defused a third bomb left on Birmingham’s Hagley Road, he claimed. West Midlands Police have asked the BBC for full copies of the interview before deciding what, if any, action to take.
Julie Hambleton, who speaks for campaign group Justice4the21, branded Hayes “gutless and spineless.”
But she said there was little point in the new inquests taking place unless the issue of who planted the bombs is fully investigated.
The families are seeking to raise £100,000 to pay for a Judicial Review in the High Court and have appealed for support.
“We think the British public know that we are being fobbed off,” she said. “We hope they will respond to our appeal for support because we really need their help.”
Campaigners have raised £12,000 so far. To support the appeal go to www.crowdjustice. com/case/justice4the21/