Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the decision by a court in London to release John Downey.
The court concluded that the prosecution of John Downey was an abuse of process.
Gerry Adams said:
“Following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 it was publicly accepted by the British and Irish governments that an anomaly existed in respect of those who are described as OTRs (On the Runs). Both governments gave firm commitments to deal with this matter. A process was put in place to deal with outstanding cases including that of John Downey.
"The arrest of John Downey by the London police was in clear breach of this and of the commitments given by the British government in 2004 during the peace process negotiations at Weston Park and in subsequent negotiations.
"John Downey should never have been arrested and this has been vindicated by the court decision.”