The bomb that nearly killed Thatcher

The bomb that nearly killed Thatcher: It was an audacious attack on the ruling Conservative Party of 1984.

Headed by right-leaning Margaret Thatcher, the Tories were enjoying their annual conference in Brighton when a bomb, planted by the IRA, detonated.

Five souls were lost but in a near-miracle, the target of the explosion, British PM Thatcher survived.

The event was a seismic one with the Republican statement still highly quotable to this day.

“Mrs Thatcher will now realize that Britain cannot occupy our country and torture our prisoners and shoot our people in their own streets and get away with it.

Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once.”

Our guest, Pat Magee, spent a decade and a half inside prison or his part in the attack but has dedicated himself since his release to providing context to what was seen in some circles as simply “IRA violence.” He has also formed an unlikely bond with Jo Berry, whose father died that night. Their story of redemption and forgiveness set against the backdrop of one of truly historic event is shared with our audience by Pat for the first time.

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