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Ó Caoláin says Report should have recommended public inquiry covering both jurisdictions

31 March, 2004

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed "deep disappointment" that the majority report of the Justice sub-Committee on the Barron Report fails to recommend a public inquiry covering both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. He said:

"When the Report recommends a Cory-type investigation, it states that the judge conducting the investigation could recommend further action including whether a public inquiry in either jurisdiction should be held or not. Yet in Judge Barron's report the Committee had more than enough evidence to call, in its own right, for a public inquiry covering both jurisdictions. The majority of the Committee have failed to do so.

"The Report removes much of the onus for action from the shoulders of the Irish Government. That is deeply disappointing.

"Nothing short of a full public inquiry carried out on a cross-jurisdictional basis is acceptable. Justice Barron has already carried out an investigation and the Committee has had its deliberation on his Report. We do not need another Barron inquiry.

"The Dublin and Monaghan bombings were an attack on the people of this State by agents of a foreign government. The Barron Report itself exposes how the Fine Gael/Labour Government of the time showed little interest in investigating the bombings. They preferred to turn a blind eye to British involvement lest they damage their relationship with London. They failed to protect their own citizens and to stand by the survivors and the bereaved of Dublin and Monaghan. Successive governments compounded this failure by their total neglect.

"The Taoiseach should proceed to establish a full international public inquiry without further delay. That was the outcome that the survivors and the bereaved of Dublin and Monaghan had a right to expect. They must not be disappointed again." ENDS

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