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Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans

This page has been set up so that veterans of Operation Banner can voice our complete dismay Justice for Northern Ireland Veteransat the betrayal we have faced in recent months. The Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group is specifically dedicated to the support of our brothers and sisters who signed blank cheques for our lives in a forgotten war that successive British Governments have been too embarrassed to acknowledge. No one wants to admit that we fought a vicious war against the IRA on British soil, under instructions from the UK government.

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I write on behalf of families of the British soldiers murdered in the IRA bombing of Hyde Park in 1982.

As you no doubt know, the chief suspect, John Downey, walked free from court in 2014 as a result of a “catastrophic error” by Tony Blair’s government.

He is about to evade justice again due to bureaucratic bungling by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and this Government’s unwillingness to step in and intervene.

We have the evidence to bring Downey back to trial in civil proceedings. However, the LAA has repeatedly refused to fund the families on various irrational grounds, including that, in their view, it’s not in the public interest to take Downey to court.

All the while, millions of pounds of public money is spent on countless inquiries and litigation against the British armed forces and its veterans. The estimated £400 million spent on the Saville Inquiry is but one example.

Yet, the LAA is not willing to spend one penny to bring the chief suspect in one of the worst terrorist atrocities committed on British soil to trial.

This imbalance and unfair treatment has to stop.

Due to procedural deadlines, the Families have until 15 August to finishing gathering the necessary evidence, review it and serve proceedings on Downey at his home in Ireland. £70,000 pounds is required to fund the associated necessary costs, expenses and disbursements. This has been requested from the LAA but they have refused

The LAA know that confirmation of this funding is urgently required but it is not forthcoming. The families are running out of time and need urgent assistance.

If you think you may wish and be able to assist in anyway, I would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to discuss this with you in more detail. My phone number is 07771 560 160 and my email address is 


Matthew Jury

Matthew Jury | Managing Partner

Fourth Floor

158 Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 9TR


T: +44 (0) 2070 963 767

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