Junior Minister must apologise for "Clueless" comments made regarding the Dublin and Monaghan bombings - Senator Paul Gavan
Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan has called on Junior Minister for Finance Patrick O'Donovan to apologise for "Clueless" comments made regarding the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.
In an interview at the weekend with the Independent Newspapers Minister O'Donovan said that before Sinn Fein can be considered as a potential partner in government it must deal with issues of the past and went on to reference the Dublin Monaghan bombings
Responding to these comments, Senator Gavan said;
"It beggars belief that a Junior Minister could be so clueless with regard to the history of our country. It is now recognised the bombings of Dublin and Monaghan were carried out Loyalists terror gangs working in collusion with the British Security Services.
"The Dáil has unanimously supported the call for truth and the Justice for the Forgotten Campaign. His government is supposed to be pursuing the case directly with the British government
"The recent court cases and the refusal by the British Government to hand over all information they have is evidence that the cover up continues.
"Sinn Féin remains committed to the process of resolving the past and promoting reconciliation. In the Stormont House Agreement the parties and the two governments signed on for a number of processes to support families and deal the hurt of the past.
"The British government have now refused to implement that agreement. This is one of the issue that his holding up the formation of the executive in the north and has stalled the talks process.
"Minister O'Donovan should immediately apologise to the Justice For The Forgotten Campaign, and arrange to meet with them as soon as possible so that he can get up to speed with what actually happened to the 34 people who died and the many others who were injured on 17 May 1974"