Yesterday's decision by the PPS in the Bloody Sunday case sharply divided opinion. Here, two people from different sides of the debate have their say.
John Kelly: ‘We are not going to lie down under this, we’re going to take them on’
Yesterday was a very disappointing and distressing day. We were so shocked by the outcome but we can take solace in the fact that at least one soldier, Soldier F, will be prosecuted for two of the killings, of Willie McKinney and Jim Wray. A victory for them is a victory for everyone.
When I heard that no one was to be charged with my brother's murder I was totally devastated. I couldn't take it in. It was as if I wasn't there and it was a dream.
I looked around at my family - my eight sisters and my brother - all sitting around the table listening to this and they were all devastated. People were crying and leaving, not able to believe what they were hearing or seeing.
Michael was very much in my thoughts yesterday. My brother was a 17-year-old boy. He loved to laugh, he kept pigeons, had a girlfriend and worked hard. He was non-political. On the day of Bloody Sunday he went simply because his friends were going and it cost him his life.
His death had a massive impact on our family. My mother Kathleen never got over it. When Michael's body was brought home to our house for the wake he was laid out in the coffin in the back room. We were sitting that night in the wake house and all of a sudden my mother came running into the room.
She had been heavily sedated and she ran to the coffin and bodily lifted my young brother out, holding him and crying out 'Michael son, Michael son'.
My mother kept everything belonging to Michael. She kept the clothes that he died in and his school textbooks. She even kept a Mars Bar that she bought him that Sunday morning and he didn't get to eat. I still have it at home, a 47-year-old Mars Bar.
My mother went to Michael's grave every day in life. One snowy day she walked to the cemetery with a blanket. A woman stopped her and asked her where she was going with it. She told her she was taking it to Michael's grave to keep him warm, because he's going to be cold. My mother saw the start of the Saville Inquiry but she died before the end. Every day after I came from the inquiry I would go and see her in her sick bed and tell her about how the inquiry was going.
When I knew she was coming to the end of her journey I told her a lie that they were all declared innocent. And she said Thank God, son and she went to her grave happy.
We are planning an appeal about yesterday's decisions and will look at a judicial review. We are not going to lay down under this. We are still going to take them on. I would say my brother Michael is looking over my shoulder and saying 'keep at it John' and that is what I intend to do. I'm going to keep at it as far as I can go. The last thing we want to do is to pass this on to the next generation, we want to finish the job.
John Kelly's brother, Michael, was shot dead by soldiers of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday
Alan Simpson: ‘Why it’s important that we beware vengeance dressed up as justice’
Yesterday, the Public Prosecution Service delivered its decision on the evidence available to it about the horrific events of Bloody Sunday - that there is only the prospect of obtaining a conviction against Soldier "F" for two murders and several attempted murders.
This followed a 12-year enquiry by Lord Saville and a two-year criminal investigation by detectives from the PSNI.
There is bound to be disappointment among many of the relatives of those killed or wounded on that fateful day that not all seventeen soldiers involved are to face trial.
I served as a police officer during most of the Troubles and finished my career as a CID Detective Superintendent. I reached that rank by investigating scores of crimes and presenting my evidence to the equivalent of the Public Prosecution Service
I soon found that they were scrupulously fair in only proceeding with a prosecution if there was a reasonable prospect of a conviction.
In my early days, I often felt frustrated at their findings, but as I gained more experience, I realised that there was much wisdom in their decision-making.
There can be few things worse than charging someone with a serious crime on flimsy evidence, as it can be life-changing for those in the dock and their families.
We should realise that we all benefit greatly from having such a fair and strictly objective Prosecution Service that is completely insulated from political interference.
Their decision-making is reflected in the high number of convictions in our courts for serious crimes, and much of this is due to presenting only cases where there is strong evidence.
Several other cases arising from the Troubles are active in the form of inquests, and here I think mainly about the Ballymurphy and Kingsmill massacres.
No doubt many of the relatives of the victims of these tragic events are anticipating satisfaction in the possibility of prosecutions of those involved.
I completely understand that for many it is difficult so many years later to contextualise the situations that existed at the relevant time and it's impossible to replicate them in the quiet, controlled atmosphere of a courtroom.
Looking back almost half a century, I can hardly believe the events that my colleagues and I experienced during those horrible, turbulent years.
In those circumstances of so long ago, it's impossible to imagine that true justice can now be delivered and I, therefore, think it only fair to advise those relatives to lower their expectations in that respect.
Much better that, than vengeance disguised as justice should occur.
Retired RUC Detective Superintendent Alan Simpson was a probationer constable in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday