BIRMINGHAM PUB BOMB VICTIMS FAMILIES VISIT IRELAND TO GET SUPPORT FOR A NEW PUBLIC INQUIRY.
Last week saw Julie Hambleton and the justice for the 21 campaigners travel to Ireland to ask for support to back a call for a new public enquiry into that fateful night in Birmingham on November 21st, 1974 when 21 innocent people were murdered by the IRA and hundreds injured.
The Justice for the 21 families were refused legal aid for the recent inquiry into the pub bombings and felt they were not able to ask the questions that needed to be answered and that those responsible for the atrocities remain unpunished.
IRISH PRESIDENT SUPPORT
The Justice4the21 group met Irish President Michael D Higgins in Dublin on Wednesday evening as part of their three-day visit to Ireland.
You can watch the presidents speech here;
President Michael D. Higgins hosted an event for families campaigning for justice for the Birmingham bombing victims, and for representatives of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.
After the event, President and Sabina Higgins invited the families of the victims to ring the Peace Bell at Áras an Uachtaráin.
The peace bell was rung 21 times in memory of those who died.
The team also met the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, who is going to write a letter to the British Government supporting the Justice for the 21 campaign and calling for the truth to enable real reconciliation.
Julie and her team also met Bartholomew Patrick “Bertie” Ahern who was an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, he also is backing the call for a new public inquiry.
Julie said successive British Governments had done nothing to help victims of terrorism and they were “humbled” by the support they had received so far from the Irish Government,
“It has been humbling. People are so kind and spiritually generous. It shames our own British authorities because they treat us with nothing but contempt, ”
Julie also spoke of the support from the many different team’s that are represented by the DFLA,
We have helped raise over 100k for their fight for justice, Julie thanked the fans of Villa, Blues, West Brom, Spurs, Leicester, Arsenal and Millwall to name a few,
Julie and her team also met and spent time with fellow victims from both sides of the Troubles, she said,
We share in grief, pain & loss.
Julie summed up the justice for the 21 campaign teams visit to Ireland with these words;
Our loved ones’ memories have been honoured by the President of Ireland, his wife & his incredible staff, which for us illustrated the depth of hospitality, humility & humanity in Ireland that has moved us to the core. Our gratitude is immeasurable.
We will always support and spread the word about the injustice these families have faced for many years and like Julie has said,
The inquest that took place earlier this year “left more questions than answers”.