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Taoiseach must put pressure on Gordon Brown for British cooperation with Dublin Monaghan bombings inquiry – Ó Snodaigh

19 May, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil today Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on the Taoiseach to impress upon the British Prime Minister the unacceptability of his Government’s refusal to co-operate with an Oireachtas request for access to documents in its possession relating the Dublin Monaghan Bombings of 1974.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Last Sunday 17 May marked the 35th anniversary of the bombings of Dublin and Monaghan in which 33 people died.

"The Taoiseach will recall that the British government refused to co-operate with the series of Oireachtas investigations on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and other fatal attacks in this State. Those investigations concluded:

‘The spectre of collusion was raised in our first report and we now have enough information to be fully satisfied, not only that it occurred, but that it was widespread.’

"What has the Taoiseach done to impress on the British Prime Minister the importance of this matter and the total unacceptability of his Government’s refusal to act on the request of the Oireachtas?

"Has the Taoiseach devoted any time to addressing this issue with the British Prime Minister?

"Has the Taoiseach recently discussed with Gordon Brown the need for the transfer of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast as soon as possible, given that this very important outworking of the Good Friday Agreement is so long overdue?" ENDS

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