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34th Anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings

Saturday, 17th May 2008. Relatives of the victims of the bombings, along with those injured in the attacks, today commemorated the 34th Anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

In the speech delivered at the annual wreath-laying ceremony, Mr. Kevin O’Loughlin, Chairperson of Justice for the Forgotten, emphasised the profound disappointment towards the Government felt by the victims of the bombings on this particularly poignant Anniversary.

Thirty-four people, including an unborn baby, died in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17th May 1974. Yet thirty-four years on, nobody has been held to account for the murders.

During the speech, the Chairman noted that he bombings were among some of the most troubling attacks of the conflict - with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice stating in its final report on the Barron Inquiries in November 2006 that, “We are dealing with acts of international terrorism that were colluded in by the British security forces.”

In the aftermath of the publication of that report, Sean Ardagh TD, Chair of the Joint Committee, stated that the Government would be demanding that the British Government establish a Cory-style investigation to examine the relevant documentation in its possession.

Yet despite the deeply serious nature of the Committee’s findings and despite Deputy Ardagh’s clear commitment, the Irish government has taken no such action.

On behalf of Justice for the Forgotten, the Chairman called on the government to make good its promises and agree a motion to be passed in the Oireachtas without further delay.

The motion should:

* endorse the interim and final Barron Reports

* agree to forward the Reports to the Houses of Parliament at Westminster

* call on the British Government to immediately establish a Cory-style inquiry into the relevant records and documentation held by the British authorities.

The Chairman also thanked the Remembrance Commission and Dublin City Council for their assistance in the creation and installation of new memorial stones marking the individual sites of the bombings.

For further information please contact:

Margaret Urwin, Justice for the Forgotten:

01 8554300 / 087 2237338






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