Hyde Park bombing suspect John Downey will not face trial after being given false assurance he was not wanted over the 1982 IRA attack.
Fr Reid worked tirelessly for years to end the Troubles in Northern Ireland, today he died peacefully in hospital. He will be remembered.
Claims a shadowy military force were tasked with shooting IRA Volunteers - armed or not - are worrying, but not in the least surprising.
After a viable device was found in Londonderry, Stormont Justice Minister David Ford condemned those responsible:
Those behind this device do not care who they hurt or injure and have nothing positive to offer.I would ask people to continue to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.
A viable letter bomb has been discovered at a postal sorting office in Londonderry.
1/3 - Police advise members of the public to be vigilant following discovery of viable device at postal sorting office, Great James St Foyle
2/3 - The viable device discovered this evening was in a white A4 envelope with the address written in a grey type stencil.
One of the men who was wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 has claimed police sent secret letters to two people the IRA claimed were actually behind the atrocity.
Paddy Hill was one of the Birmingham Six, who had their convictions quashed in 1991 having wrongly spent 16 years in jail over the attacks that killed 21 people and injured 182 others.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "I think it was about 1980 that I was told about the IRA claiming five people were involved in the Birmingham bombings. I understand two have since died. They never named anyone.
"I understand that two of these men received letters from the British Government, telling them they would not be prosecuted. One of the five has not received such a letter. The two others have died."
He added: "Many people are sweating, not knowing what's going on. It might prevent further admissions of guilt because they will now wonder if they will face prosecution."
Victims of the IRA Birmingham pub bombings have said they are "incandescent with frustration, anger and more grief" after it was claimed police sent secret letters promising immunity to two men in relation to the deadly blasts.
Paddy Hill, one of the Birmingham Six whose convictions for the atrocity were famously quashed, said two of the five people the IRA told him were involved in the 1974 bombing were informed they would not face prosecution.
It comes after a judicial inquiry was launched into the revelation that letters were sent to around 200 IRA on the runs informing them that they were not wanted by police.
Mr Hill's allegations are to be raised with the West Midlands chief constable by the local police commissioner.
Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died, said: "It is almost as if we are re-living the horrors of losing our sister all over again and being slapped in the face."
Former secretary of state for Northern Ireland Peter Hain has said it is risible for key politicians to claim they had no knowledge so-called comfort letters were sent to IRA on-the-runs.
In a week when controversy over the scheme threatened to pull down Stormont's devolved government, the Labour MP said it was clear for anyone who wanted to see that the assurances were not get out of jail cards, immunity or amnesty.
The political crisis was sparked when the trial of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bomb spectacularly collapsed last week in London.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hain said: "There is no suggestion that the contents of the letters to those 'on the runs' were cleared with key politicians of all parties, or the details of the scheme shared, but the idea that they did not know anything about them is risible.
"Diverting police time to investigate Bloody Sunday soldiers or crimes from the Troubles seems a waste when the priority today should surely be tracking down the tiny, but dangerous, attacks from dissident IRA groups, as well as facilitating ordinary, plain community safety," he said.
A party to celebrate the release of the 1982 Hyde Park bomb suspect, whose trial collapsed last week, has been cancelled.
John Downey, a Sinn Fein member accused of planting the explosive, said he has called off the gathering in a village pub in north Donegal over concerns it was being turned into a media circus.
The 62-year-old said the party had been planned as a simple get together of family, friends and neighbours who supported him after his arrest.
Mr Downey, who denies any involvement in the bombing, said: "Some elements of the media are portraying the event planned for tonight as triumphalist and insulting to bereaved families. That was never what it was about."
Tony Blair's former chief of staff and Britain's chief negotiator in the peace process has said Northern Ireland's secret letters crisis is based on "a misunderstanding."
Writing in The Times, Jonathan Powell said discussions about "on-the-runs" were "no secret" and a "recurring issue" throughout peace process negotiations.
"The letters are statements of fact, and certainly have nothing to do with an amnesty," he added.
John Downey’s release, he goes on, "has nothing to do with an amnesty or a secret deal and everything to do with a cock-up."
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair engaged in a "deliberate deception by omission" by failing to tell the majority of politicians in Northern Ireland about the agreement his government struck with Sinn Fein to deal with on-the-run republicans, Stormont's First Minister has said.
Peter Robinson heavily criticised the conduct of the previous Labour administration as he addressed an emergency meeting at Stormont to debate the controversy over letters sent to more than 180 terror suspects informing them the authorities in the UK were not seeking them.
"The answer that there were no plans to legislate and no amnesty would be introduced was a deliberate deception, a deception by omission, for the Government could easily at that stage have indicated that there was an administrative process which included giving letters to OTRs," he told MLAs.
Northern Ireland Assembly members will convene today to debate the controversy over letters which were sent to around 180 paramilitary suspects after being recalled by First Minister Peter Robinson.
Robinson withdrew his threat to resign, after David Cameron ordered a judge-led review of the issue.
Details of the letters emerged when the case against John Downey who was charged with the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing collapsed, because officials mistakenly sent him an assurance letter in 2007 telling him he was no longer a wanted man.
Responding to David Cameron's announcement of an independent inquiry into the Government's process of sending secret letters to IRA suspects, the President of the Docklands Victims Association, told ITV News that the victims in Northern Ireland and the UK "have been far too forgotten."
Jonathan Ganesh, who was injured during the Docklands bombing in 1996, said that "to actually give somebody immunity... causes great concern."