Jeremy Corbyn has specifically condemned the IRA's bombing campaign for the first time
The Labour leader was pressed yet again for his views on the militants' reign of terror, during an visit to Hackney Marshes in London today.
Corbyn was there to promote Labour's manifesto pledge of channeling five per cent of the Premier League's TV revenue back into grassroots fooball, but was again buttonholed by reporters asking for him to clarify his views on the group.
And having dodged repeated calls to condemn the IRA for its role in the Troubles, the Islington MP this time described the group's use of bombs as "completely wrong".
Asked about his reaction when Downing Street and then-prime minister Sir John Major were targeted in an IRA mortar attack in 1991, Mr Corbyn said: "Obviously appalled. I was in Parliament at the time, I heard the attack go off.
"And the bombing campaign was completely wrong because it was taking civilian lives and there had to be a process that dealt with the basis of it in Northern Ireland."
He added: "And fortunately politicians in Northern Ireland, firstly on the national side, Gerry Adams and John Hume, privately got together and brought about the Hume-Adams accord.
"That moved on to agreements between the nationalists and the unionist side, which eventually led to the peace process which was a recognition of the shared history of Ireland from extremely different cultural perspectives and that led to the Northern Ireland peace process, which I think was the great success of the 1997 [Labour] government."
Mr Corbyn has faced repeated questions about his association with the IRA and its political wing Sinn Fein during the 1980s and 1990s.
On Friday he was grilled by the BBC's Andrew Neil on his apparent support for the militant movement.
Corbyn was on Hackney Marshes for a kickabout as the Labour campaign trail came to east London
Corbyn was promoting Labour's promise to fund grassroots football via Premier League TV revenue
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The host asked if Mr Corbyn had urged the IRA to “give up the bomb and the bullet”.
He said: “You invited a convicted IRA terrorist to Tea in the Commons a few weeks after the Brighton bomb, which tried to destroy our elected government.
“You stood for a minute’s silence to ‘honour’ – your word Mr Corbyn – ‘honour’ IRA terrorists killed by the British army throughout the 80s and the 90s.
“You spoke at scores of hardline republican gatherings which backed the IRA and the armed struggle.”
Mr Corbyn replied: “I always wanted and always do want peace, [I] always want a dialogue between people of vastly different backgrounds and the minute’s silence you referred to was in 1997 and it was for all who had died in Northern Ireland.”