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Barron Report an indictment of both the British and Irish governments

10 December, 2003


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin described the Report of the Barron Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings as an indictment of successive Irish and British governments. He said it exposed that the handling of the investigation of the massacre by the authorities in the 26 Counties, was appalling, and that in the words of the Report the Government of the day "showed little interest". Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The publication of the Report today is firstly a tribute to the dedication of the survivors and the bereaved of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. But for their persistence there would never have been such an investigation and the

victims would indeed have been largely forgotten by Irish society. For almost 30 years the victims and their families have been seeking truth and justice. Our sympathy and solidarity is with them on this day as they relive the terrible events of 17 May 1974. As a native of Monaghan town I will never forget that terrible day.

"The findings of the report point to the involvement of agents of the British armed forces in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. The British thwarted any proper investigation of the bombings. They failed to co-operate properly with Judge Barron.

"Equally serious is the Report's scathing criticism of the role of the authorities in this State. The Garda investigation was totally inadequate and was compromised by the close links between the gardai and elements of British intelligence, including British agents within the gardai. Successive governments were content to preside over a conspiracy of silence on all of this. It is appalling that when evidence was shown to the Irish Government that the British knew the identity of the bombers they showed little interest." ENDS

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