Tim's dad welcomes apology from IRA.
Colin Parry, whose 12year-son was killed in 1993, described the IRA's statement as a ``positive step forward'' for politics in Northern Ireland.
In its first apology for the killings, the IRA statement offered ``sincere apologies and condolences'' to the families of ``non-combatants'' it had killed in gun and bomb outrages.
Mr Parry said: ``I welcome the announcement. They are increasingly recognising the futility of the so-called military strategy, that is in effect like saying the war is over but, of course, they don't use those words. Those words would make a real difference.
``They are engaged in changing themselves, I am not quite sure to what to be honest. I can't imagine they will become a constitutional political party.''
Mr Parry, has campaigned for an end to violence and helped launch a peace centre in Warrington.
COLIN PARRY: ``It's a step forward''