John McDonnell apologises for saying that the IRA should be “honoured” for their bombs

John McDonnell has apologised on BBC’s Question Time for comments he made regarding the IRA and the peace process.

McDonnell had said:

“It’s about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table. The peace we have now is due to the action of the IRA. Because of the bravery of the IRA and people like Bobby Sands, we now have a peace process.”

The comments had drawn widespread condemnation across the political parties and McDonnell said:

“I think my choice of words was wrong. I accept that”.