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Truth Commission Needed – Adams

17 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

During Leaders Questions today the Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD urged the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to accept that “the full normalisation of the relationships within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain can only be fully achieved by ending partition and reuniting our people and the country”.

Today is the 37th anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombs. To date the British government has refused to release documents on the role of its security agencies who in collusion with the loyalist UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) carried out a series of bomb attacks in Dublin and Monaghan in May 1974 which left 34 people dead.

Speaking after Leaders Questions the Sinn Fein leader Mr. Adams said:

“I regret that the Taoiseach did not grasp the opportunity of today’s debate to support my proposal that the Irish and British governments should invite a reputable and independent international body to establish the creation of an Independent International Truth Commission as part of a viable truth recovery process.

“Genuine national reconciliation, an inclusive healing process and the closure which victims, victim’s families and survivors deserve, demands that all of us have to pledge ourselves to tell and to hear the truth about the past.

“For my part I would actively encourage republicans to co-operate with such a process."

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