On July 20th 1982, the IRA attacked a unit of the British Army on ceremonial duty in Hyde Park, London. The devastating improvised explosive device killed a number of soldiers and sent a shock wave through the British establishment.
This event, and a related attack at Regent's Park, were seen as legitimate after the British army had attacked the ceremonial colour parties at Republican funerals in Ireland. However the British media expressed outrage, particularly as the attack had killed horses. One animal who survived the bomb was later named as "Horse of the Year". The late Margaret Thatcher said "These callous and cowardly crimes have been committed by evil, brutal men who know nothing of democracy. We shall not rest until they are brought to justice."
In 1987 a man was tried for the Regent's Park bomb and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Just before he was due for release, his conviction was found to be "unsafe" by the British Court of Appeal.
In the light of the hysteria surrounding the event, and the length of time that has elapsed since it occurred, is there not a strong chance that any trial of the Donegal man arrested this weekend and charged with the Hyde Park attack will also be subject to a similar "unsafe" legal practices?
Hyde Park bomb: man charged with killing soldiers in IRA attack | UK news | guardian.co.uk
Donegal man for court over 1982 Hyde Park bombing - UK News | Online Newspaper | The Irish Times - Wed, May 22, 2013