Taoiseach Charles Haughey gives his reaction to release of the Birmingham Six.

Richard McIlkenny, Patrick Hill, William Power, John Walker, Gerard Hunter and Hugh Callaghan were freed just after 3.45 pm this afternoon.

Their release was warmly welcomed in Ireland. Taoiseach Charles Haughey who was one of the first to give his reaction to the news. Speaking to RTÉ news he said that the important thing is that the men are now free but that nothing can restore the time taken away from them wrongly and unjustly. He said he was overjoyed and felt a great sense of relief that this appalling miscarriage of justice was over. 

Delighted for the men themselves and their families.

Commenting on the establishment of a Royal Commission, the Taoiseach says that it must review all that has happened specifically in relation to the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four and the Maguire cases to ensure that these "dreadful wrongs" are not perpetrated again.

The important thing is that the men are now free. Nothing can ever restore to them the part of their life which has been taken away wrongly and unjustly. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 March 1991. The reporter is Charlie Bird.