Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed a court ruling in London today which ruled that the prosecution of Sinn Féin member John Downey was an abuse of process and should not continue.The ruling means the John Downey has now been set free to return home to his family. Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome today’s ruling. John Downey should never have been arrested. His family should not have been put through this ordeal for the past nine months. “The arrest and detention of John was a clear breach of commitments given by the British Government at Weston Park and in subsequent agreements.“I welcome his release and look forward to seeing him at home in Donegal in the near future.”JOHN DOWNEY: ARREST WAS BREACH OF PEACE PROCESS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John DowneyPearse Doherty
Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are interested in West Ham United defender Declan Rice, according to reports.After signing Issa Diop for a club-record fee, new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is clearly looking to improve the porous defence. 2 He said: “’He has that confidence, that comfort on the ball, you can see it – the ability and the type of personality that he has, it’s huge,’ said the former Manchester United centre-back.‘He’s a future captain way down the line, you can see it, without a doubt. Fingers crossed, he’ll keep progressing and play European football.‘But let’s enjoy him now as well – he’s playing Premier League, he’s coming over and loves being part of the squad, let’s enjoy that for the moment and enjoy watching him progress.’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST The 19-year-old has made just two appearances for Ireland, but is already tipped to captain them Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January However, Rice is reportedly not considered to be a starter just yet, and is currently locked in contract negotiations.According to The Sun, the 19-year-old has since emerged as a target for several Premier League rivals – with Palace and the Cherries heading the queue.The centre-half, who is also adept at playing in central midfield, has been tipped as a future Republic of Ireland captain by the recently retired John O’Shea.Despite making his debut in March, the former Manchester United star feels Rice has all the attributes required to make it at the very top. Latest Transfer Rumours LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 IN DEMAND targets targets Rice is wanted by Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, according to reports Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED After conceding 68 goals in the Premier League last season, the Hammers are actively looking to address their problem at the back.Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi joined the club on a three-year deal from Swansea City for £7 million on Wednesday.He joins the speedy right-back Ryan Fredericks, who joined the club on a free upon the expiration of his Fulham contract.