John Downey who was charged with carrying out the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing, was among approximately 100 people involved in Letterkenny this lunchtime in a silent protest against Israeli attacks in Gaza.
The protest had been organised by Sinn Féin. TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn told the Donegal Democrat they were there to silently register their anger at the attacks on Gaza by Israeli forces: “This shows that people in Donegal have the Palestinian people in their hearts.”
He said the Irish government should call in the Israeli ambassador to Ireland and demand that the attacks on Gaza stop.
The prosecution of John Downey collapsed earlier this year after it was discovered that he had been carrying a letter of reassurance and believed he was free to travel to the UK. The judge in the case ruled that it would be an abuse of process to continue his trial.
In recent days the issue in relation to letters of reassurance has returned to the headlines following a report by Lady Justice Hallett which criticises the procedure which grew out of the Northern Ireland peace process as “flawed”.
Meanwhile in Letterkenny the protesters, standing in three lines at the Market Square in the centre of the town, prompted some motorists passing by to beep their car horns in support.
Some of the protesters are holding Palestinian flags, placards and A4 photo-copied flags, while others are holding flags with the Sinn Féin logo on them.
The protest which started shortly after 1pm was due to continue until 2pm.