Today the families of those injured and bereaved in the bombing of Dublin and Monaghan launched a civil action against the British Government to secure disclosure of all relevant papers.
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“This week marks the 40th Anniversary of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings that claimed the lives of 34 of our fellow citizens and injured many more. The suffering of these families has been compounded by 40 years of cover up and lack of support.
“These families have campaigned for truth and full disclosure from the British Government and the Gardai as to the involvement of British Government agents in the commissioning, executing and covering up of this attack.
“Two motions have been passed in the Dáil supporting the rights of the families to truth, calling on the British Government to make available all the relevant files and information. At every turn the British Government has refused to hand over files for the families.
“It is a poor day when families have to go down this route, because of the failure of the Irish Government to uphold the rights of citizens and hold the British Government to account”
Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín O’Caoláin TD, added:
“The British Government has acknowledged the reality of collusion in a number of cases including that of Pat Finucane. A number of inquiries have clearly demonstrated the involvement of British agents in the killing of 34 on the streets of Dublin and Monaghan in 1974.
“Over the past 40 years successive British and Irish Governments have failed the families and the British government have colluded to in the covering up of this attack.
“Over Christmas Richard Haass released proposals that would unlock the past, the British government has refused to endorse and support these proposals.
“There is a responsibility to address the past in a holistic way and that must include the British government who were a party to the conflict.”