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O’Donovan’s refusal to apologise ‘a further insult’ to those bereaved by British Collusion – Gavan

30 August, 2017 - by Paul Gavan


Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has expressed his shock that junior minister Patrick O’Donovan has not only refused to apologise for his lack of understanding of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings, instead seeking to downplay both his comments and the atrocities in 1974 that killed 34 people.

Senator Gavan said: 

“Listening to the junior minister yesterday during his interview on Live 95FM yesterday, I must admit I was shocked by what I heard. Patrick O’Donovan refused to apologise for his ill-informed comments on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings

“If this is how the minister and his government views the atrocities committed by the UVF with collusion from British security forces, it is an insult to the families of those who were killed and the Justice for the Forgotten group which campaigns for truth of justice on their behalf.

“The Dáil has unanimously supported the call for truth and the Justice for the Forgotten campaign. Minister O’Donovan’s government is bound to pursue the case directly with the British government.

“The recent High Court decision in Belfast by Mr Justice Treacy has huge significance into the actions of the Glenanne Gang and the involvement of the British security forces for relatives of those killed in the bombings in Dublin/Monaghan (1974), Dundalk (1975), and Castleblaney (1976) and the murder of John Francis Green (1975) in the south, as well as many cases north of the Border, including the Miami Showband Massacre (1975). 

“The recent court cases and the refusal by the British Government to hand over all information they have is evidence and their failure to uphold the agreements relating to resolving the past, demonstrates that the cover up continues.

“The Minister needs to represent the views of the Dáil and call on the British Government to release all the information they hold on these cases and apologise to those bereaved.” 

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