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Commemorative Events To Mark The 42nd Anniversary Of The
Dublin And Monaghan Bombings

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The 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings will occur on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. The annual Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral at 12.45pm. This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial in Talbot Street (opposite Connolly Station) at 2 pm. The oration will be delivered by Alan McBride whose wife, Sharon, and father-in-law Desmond were killed in the IRA bombing of Frizzell's fish-shop in 1993. Please come along and show your solidarity with the families and survivors as they continue to strive for the truth..

Justice for the Forgotten appeals to the people of Dublin to show their solidarity with the bereaved families and injured survivors by attending these commemorative ceremonies.

Commemorative Events To Mark The 41st Anniversary Of The
Dublin And Monaghan Bombings

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You are warmly invited to attend the 41st Anniversary Commemoration of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Talbot Street memorial (near Connolly train station) on Saturday next, 16th May 2015 at 11.30 am. Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, the Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Municipal District and Justice for the Forgotten. The annual oration will be delivered by former journalist and author of Lethal Allies, Anne Cadwallader.

The anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Tom Clowe SDB
in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 at 12.45pm.

Justice for the Forgotten appeals to the people of Dublin to show their solidarity with the bereaved families and injured survivors by attending these commemorative ceremonies.

 

Flowers at the Talbot Street Memorial

Dail request for British Government to release files

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Brendan Smith TD, raised a PQ in the Dáil on 21 April 2015 regarding the need for the British Government to release undisclosed files pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Mr. Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade replied as follows:

The Government fully supports the all-party Dáil motions of July 2008 and May 2011 urging the British Government to allow access by an independent international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. I have raised this issue with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, including when I met her in Belfast on 15 January and in Dublin on 11 February. I am aware and I welcome that you, Deputy Smith, and your party leader, Micheál Martin, raised this matter with Secretary of State Villiers when you met with her in February also. The Secretary of State has indicated on a number of occasions that the British Government would consider afresh how it can respond to the Dáil motions.

I welcome the continued all-party support for the campaign on behalf of the Dublin-Monaghan families. The Justice for the Forgotten campaign, which supports victims and their families and operates as a project of the Pat Finucane Centre, received grant support of €48,000 in 2014 from the Reconciliation Fund operated by my Department. The funding will assist Justice for the Forgotten with its important work.

I am aware that my officials will be meeting with representatives of Justice for the Forgotten in Belfast tomorrow in relation to the provisions for dealing with the past in the Stormont House Agreement. I would hope to have the opportunity myself to meet with Justice for the Forgotten within the coming weeks, and am conscious in that regard that the anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombings falls on 17 May. Anniversaries can be a particularly difficult time for the families of victims and for survivors and the Dublin Monaghan families are in my thoughts as we discuss this most sensitive of issues in this House today.

It is significant for victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict - including in this jurisdiction - that the Stormont House Agreement provides for a new comprehensive framework for dealing with the legacy of the past. As part of the transition to long-term peace and stability, the participants in the Stormont House talks agreed an approach to dealing with the past which respects a number of important principles: promoting reconciliation; upholding the rule of law; acknowledging and addressing the suffering of victims and survivors; facilitating the pursuit of justice and information recovery; human rights compliance; and the need to be balanced, proportionate, transparent, fair and equitable. Both governments also made commitments in the Agreement on the matter of disclosure of information.

On his recent visit to the North, the Taoiseach made clear the importance which this Government attaches to the issue of disclosure and cooperation in dealing with the legacy of the past. For the Irish Government and other State authorities, this means committing to cooperating to the fullest possible extent with ongoing legacy cases. We have undertaken also to cooperate fully with the mechanisms being set up under the Stormont House Agreement and where legislation may be required to give effect to that commitment, it will be brought before this House.

It is in this context that I will continue to call on the British Government to provide access to an independent international judicial figure to original documents in its possession relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. I would propose to take this matter up at an early date once a Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been appointed following the upcoming Westminster elections.

JFF attend conference in Brescia, Italy

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Pictured above at the memorial monument in Brescia are (left to right) Tomassino Magliocco, son of Antonio Magliocco, killed in Parnell Street, Dublin; Margaret Urwin; Giulio Giorello, philosopher and mathematician, University of Milan; Manlio Milani, President of Casa della Memoria, whose wife was killed in the Piazza della Loggia.

JFF was invited to participate in a conference on 29 November, which was jointly organised by Associazione Casa della Memoria (the organisation representing the families of the victims of the bombing on 28 May 1974 in the Piazza della Loggia, Brescia) and ANPI (The National association of the Italian Partisans founded by the participants to the Italian resistance against the fascist and Nazi occupation during World War 11).

Brescia panel

The speakers were Sylvia Calamati, journalist and author; Manlio Milani (whose wife was killed in the Piazza della Loggia bombing); Giulio Giorello, philosopher and mathematician at the University of Milan, Carlo Gianuzzi, freelance translator and member of ANPI and JFF's Margaret Urwin. The conference was held to mark jointly the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and the Piazza della Loggia bombing. The bombing in Brescia occurred during an anti-fascist rally and was carried out by a right-wing group with connections to the Italian Government.

Tomassino Magliocco, son of Antonio, who was killed in the Parnell Street bomb was a special guest at the conference and Sylvia Calamati, in her contribution, spoke of the suffering of the Magliocco family. JFF is very thankful to Associazione Case della Memoria and ANPI for inviting the Dublin and Monaghan bombings families to be represented and to join with them in their commemoration of the bombing of the Piazza della Loggia.

Margaret Urwin at Brescia conference

Margarets speech at the conference is available on youtube here.

Monaghan Bombing Links Project

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Pictured above are Sean Conlon, Margaret Urwin and Brian Clerkin at the launch of the booklet.

The project was the brainchild of a young Monaghan man with a burning desire for truth and justice, Brian Clerkin. Its theme was "Building a Lasting Peace". The project's commemorative booklet was launched at a packed Markethouse in Monaghan on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

The text of the speech Margaret Urwin made at the booklet launch can be found here.

A Poem For Peace

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Pictured above reading the poem is Joseph Kelly, at the commemoration in Monaghan in May 2014.

This poem was composed by the young participants in the Monaghan Bombing Links Project and was read at the 40th anniversary commemoration in Monaghan by Joseph Kelly. The poem reflects their newfound knowledge and their yearning for truth and justice for the victims' families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings.

The text of the poem can be found here.