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Sinn Féin raise Barron Report with British Prime Minister

17 December, 2003

Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin along with Dublin Ard Chomhairle member and EU candidate Marylou McDonald, today met the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Downing Street and urged him to co-operate fully with the inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Deputy Ó Caoláin and Mary Lou McDonald were members of the Sinn Féin delegation led by Party President Gerry Adams which met the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in London. They raised the Dublin-Monaghan bombings with the Prime Minister in the presence of the Taoiseach.

Speaking after the meeting, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"We put it to the British Prime Minister that his Government had completely failed to co-operate with the Barron Inquiry and that the inquiry was hamstrung as a result. We urged him to co-operate now and to give access to the mass of documentation that was withheld.

"Judge Barron states in his Report that the British Government's representatives told the Inquiry, at a meeting in London, that there are some 68,000 files of possible relevance in the Northern Ireland Office alone. 'The number of files in the Ministry of Defence could be counted in millions', states the Report. Despite that mass of documentation the inquiry received only a ten-page letter from the British Secretary of State in February 2002 and a similar follow-up letter. Incredibly, no copies of original documents were supplied.

"Today we urged Tony Blair to ensure the release all relevant files and to allow the survivors and the bereaved of Dublin and Monaghan to make progress towards truth and justice. The British Prime Minister undertook to contact us further on the issue. We will continue to maintain the pressure which has now built up in the wake of the Barron Report." ENDS

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