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The Director of Public Prosecutions says critics who've accused him
of treating former soldiers unfairly by deciding to prosecute some
for Troubles-related killings have insulted him and his team.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Vincent Kearney asked Barra McGrory
to respond to claims that he's not impartial because as a solicitor
he represented the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Mystified is the mildest way I can put it because anyone
who is informed about these matters would know that as a professional
lawyer you represent anybody who seeks the representation from you.
I have been a professional lawyer for 30 years, during which period
I have represented loyalist paramilitaries, republican
paramilitaries, members of the DUP, members of Sinn Fein,
I have represented a broad cross-section of people.
Who I have represented in the past really has nothing to do with it.
As Director of Public Prosecutions now, do you view that
criticism as an attempt to influence your decision making,
an attempt to put pressure on you not to prosecute former soldiers?
I can't speak for the motivation of people who say such things
but some of them ought to know better.
If they're not trying to influence me, then
they are certainly being personally insulting and questioning
What concerns me more about that is it is insulting
to this office and to lawyers who work here and do their work
daily with absolute integrity, and to the best of their ability.
I am personally offended by the remarks, but I am
more offended on behalf of the individuals who work
for the public presecution service and who do a fantastic job.
I think those making the comments ought to think a bit more
Politicians have been divided on what Mr McGrory said
The DUP leader Arlene Foster said there was a disproportionate
emphasis on the state, while the Ulster Unionist Doug
Beattie, who's a former soldier, said the perception from a large
portion of the community was that investigations
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly defended Mr McGrory,
saying it was a scurrilous attack and that he was acting
The former Alliance leader David Ford also defended him.
The View will have more on legacy issues shortly -
here's Mark Carruthers with the details.
That's right, Rick - we have Sir Jeffrey Donaldson
and Gerry Kelly in the studio on the day when a senior
legal figure in Northern Ireland has found himself and his office pulled
into one of our most toxic political problems.
A former army officer has said he was a kind of torturer when it
came to interrogating terrorist suspects during the Troubles.
Bob Stewart, who's now an MP, was reacting to remarks by the US
President Donald Trump about the use of water-boarding when questioning
Before entering the world of politics, MP Bob Stewart
The outspoken former army colonel came to prominence
However, it's remarks he made about his time as an officer
serving in Northern Ireland during the Troubles that have
The Conservative MP was speaking on BBC radio earlier today.
There were forbidden techniques introduced in 1977, some of which I
In a way, technically, as you look at it today, I was the
The UK Government authorised the use of five interrogation methods
during the early years of the Troubles, but this
A man who was arrested and claimed he was waterboarded
during questioning spoke to the BBC about it a few years ago.
The water torture, putting a gun against my head and saying if I
didn't admit to killing a soldier they would have shot me dead.
A group known as the hooded men have been challenging the authorities
here over allegations of torture after they were
And that campaign is still going through the legal process.
Campaigners for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have
been told their lawyers will be able to apply for legal aid.
The Government has intervened to remove legal barriers which had
stopped their Northern Ireland-based solicitors from
The inquests into the deaths of 21 people who were killed by the IRA
in November 1974 are due to resume later this year.
The man who died on the Westlink yesterday was 69-year-old
His car was the only one involved in the crash.
Three people escaped injury when a pipe bomb
was thrown at a house in Londonderry last night.
The two men and a woman were inside when the device exploded
in the garden of the property at Erne Gardens in the mainly
loyalist Irish Street estate in the Waterside.
Up to forty people were moved to a nearby community centre
while army bomb disposal experts examined the device.
This neighbour described what happened.
The house has got gas in it, whatever he was growing Meadowbank.
The rest of it was lying on the gas main.
We thought the whole thing might have went off
The children were terrorised and scared to come back
My wife is pregnant and I thought there was going to be an early
Boxer Carl Frampton says he's expecting between four and five
thousand local fans travel to Las Vegas for his WBA
title defence against Leo Santa Cruz this weekend.
Following their initial encounter last summer Frampton
was named the prestigious Ring Magazine's Fighter of The Year.
BBC Newsline's Thomas Kane has sent this report from Las Vegas.
Headlining here on the world-famous Las Vegas strip is reserved
for the biggest names in boxing and following his historic victory
over Leo Santa Cruz in July, Karel Frampton joined that elite
Over the next 48 hours, thousands of fanatical fans
will arrive here in Nevada for what could prove to be
a career defining night, not just for the Belfast boxer
Santa Cruz lost his undefeated record and world title
in the previous contest, but the Irish boxer
maintains he learned more from their fight and his ability
Michael Gove he feels the result will be exactly the same. And the
new... If I can beat Leo Santa Cruz,
that's even more impressive How much of a bearing will the first
fight have on this one? I think it will have a lot.
Psychologically, I already have the edge.
When I fight different opponents the second time I always improve.
I believe I'm better at boxing than Leo Santa Cruz
I believe I will win more convincingly.
We will have all the big fight build-up on tomorrow's programme
as the countdown continues to Frampton against Leo
You can listen live on Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Five Live.
There was quite a drop in the temperature today -
Here's Cecilia with all the weather details for the days ahead.
Still pretty cold out there. It will stay dry for much of the night. The
chilly wind will ease a little bit, but will be strong enough to keep
the frost away. Rain threatening parts of the West. That will come
eastwards during tomorrow. At the same time, it will not feel as cold
because that chilly wind will ease away. Dry weather tomorrow morning,
particularly across eastern counties. The rain does not reach
Belfast until about lunchtime. There is the rain gradually moving from
the West, to the Irish Midlands and towards Wicklow. It is reaching
Belfast about lunchtime, getting into some western parts of Britain
later in the day. For many parts of Britain it will be a dry, bright
day, not as bitter as today. It will not be as cold in Northern Ireland
as tomorrow afternoon. The rain is very slowly clearing away from
Belfast and the East Coast. It is drying up in the West, with some
brightness to end the day. Saturday, a bright and breezy day. Sunshine
and dry weather. There will be a scattering of showers. Some of them
could be quite sharp. Sunday starts dry with some sunshine. A good chunk
of the day could stay dry. Eventually we are expecting it to
cloud up with some rain. Unite that is it for now, the next BBC Newsline
is at 6:25am. You can also keep updated
with news online. There's a reason why your drink
tastes better today, why you're noticing
the subtle botanicals,