Belfast Telegraph

Charge over IRA bombers' parade

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Authorities are to take action against one person over a controversial republican parade commemorating two IRA bombers, it has been confirmed.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) revealed it had decided to instigate criminal proceedings after reviewing evidence relating to last summer's march through Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

PPS assistant director Michael Agnew said: "There is evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction of one individual for an offence of failing to comply with a condition of the Parades Commission determination."

Unionists had accused the organisers of the march of glorifying terrorism.

And Secretary of State Theresa Villiers led calls for it to be cancelled.

A review into it was called in April, and that led to new evidence, Mr Agnew said.

He added: "Having carefully considered all of the evidence, the test for prosecution was applied and a fresh decision taken.

"It was concluded there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction of one individual contrary to the Public Processions Act 1998, and that a prosecution would be in the public interest. We have now issued proceedings."

Gerard McGlynn (18) and Seamus Harvey (22) died when the device they planned to detonate in Castlederg – one of Northern Ireland's most bombed towns – exploded prematurely.

They were among the IRA members killed during the Troubles that were recognised by several hundred bandsmen and republican supporters who took part in the Tyrone Volunteers Day Parade last August.

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