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Momentum for full public inquiry into Dublin/Monaghan bombings must not be lost

18 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD attempted to have the Dáil adjourned this afternoon in order to have a debate on the need for a public inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. His call comes the day after the 30th anniversary commemoration of the tragedies.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"In this, the week that marks the 30th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghanbombings which killed 34 people and which were carried out by agents of the British government, there is a need for the Government to act without further delay on foot of the report of the Oireachtas Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights Committee's Sub Committee on the Barron Report, including the consideration of the Sub-Committee's report by the Dáil. In addition, there is a need for the Irish Government to press the British Government for an international public inquiry covering both jurisdictions on this island. Given the intransigence of the British government on this just demand, the Irish Government need to mobilise international opinion in support of such an inquiry.

Deputy O Caoláin added "After 30 years of prevaricating on this issue, the Irish Government owes it to the families of the victims and indeed to the memory of the victims themselves to persist in demanding that a full international public inquiry be carried out. After 30 years, the time for this has well and truly come." ENDS

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