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British refusal to release files on Dublin Monaghan bombs “wholly unacceptable” – Adams

24 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the refusal of the British government to release all of the files in its possession on the Dublin Monaghan bombs as “wholly unacceptable”.

He also raised with the Taoiseach the withdrawal of funding from Justice for the Forgotten.

Speaking after Taoiseach’s questions during which the Sinn Féin leader pressed the Taoiseach on this issue Mr. Adams said:

“It is claimed by the British that they have already released those files they thought appropriate and do not intend to release any other files on the bombings they have in their possession.

“Why then does the British government refuse to allow an independent judicial figure to examine files which it did not give to the Barron Inquiry? Why not?

“Much was said last week by both governments, following the visit of the Queen of England, that the political relationship between this state and Britain had been transformed. If that is true then the British Prime Minister, as a good neighbour, should respond positively to the request by all of the parties in the Dáil to that information being made available so that victims and families can have closure.

“It is also a matter of deep frustration that the necessary funding for the Justice for the Forgotten group was withdrawn. This funding should be restored as a matter of urgency.” ENDS

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