O’Donovan must sincerely apologise or leave office – Gavan
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called on Junior Minister Patrick O'Donovan to “get his act together or get out of office” after the Minister got the date of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings wrong three times in a letter to a survivors’ group. This follows an interview in which the Minister blamed the IRA for the atrocities, which were actually carried out by the UVF with the assistance of British security services.
Senator Gavan said:
“Minister O’Donovan was responding to a letter from the Justice for the Forgotten Group who were seeking an apology for his comments alluding to IRA responsibility for the bombings. In his letter, Minister O’Donovan, three times, references the bombings as having taken place in 1973 when the atrocities actually happened in 1974.
“In his letter to the Group, Minister O’Donovan says: ‘Time only acts as a small consolation for you and for the families of Justice for the Forgotten in your quest to establish the full truth behind the horrific 1973 bombings’. He makes two further references to the year 1973 in the same letter.
“It is bad enough that the Minister continues to refuse to apologise, but to get the basic facts wrong again with regard to the date of the atrocities is just unforgivable. Is this more carelessness from Patrick O’Donovan or is he just completely unaware of what actually happened in Dublin and Monaghan in 1974?
“Minister O'Donovan needs to either get his act together and issue a sincere apology to the Justice for The Forgotten group, or else he needs to get out of office and go back to the backbenches. The manner in which he has dealt with this whole issue, which is a mess of his own making, is bringing ever greater embarrassment to his party, who were in Government at the time of the attack, and further hurt to those who survived and lost loved ones to these atrocities.”