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Irish government must demand access to British files on Dublin and Monaghan bombings

18 April, 2004


Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan will call on the Irish government to demand access to British files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings at a meeting of the British Irish Parliamentary Body in Cork tomorrow.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The failure of the British government to co-operate with the Barron Inquiry and with the Justice sub-Committee on the Barron Report is deeply insulting to the survivors and bereaved of those killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

"It is clear from the reports of both the Barron Inquiry and the Justice sub committee that the search for truth into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings was severely hampered by the refusal of the British to allow access to thousands of files in its possession which may be relevant.

"Tomorrow at a meeting of the British Irish Parliamentary Body I will be asking what measures the Irish government have taken to get access to such files. Has the Taoiseach urged Tony Blair to ensure the release all relevant files? And crucially, has he urged him to instruct all those from the British side to co-operate with any future inquiry.

"Sinn Féin supports demands for the Irish government to establish a full international public inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings without further delay. It is crucial that the British stop impeding the search for truth and open up their files."ENDS

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