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British should be in the dock like Saddam

1 July, 2004


Speaking during statements on the Barron Report in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the British Government should be "in the dock like Saddam Hussein" because of their collusion in the Dublin Monaghan Bombings. He went on to the say the British Government's refusal to attend the Oireachtas hearings in to the bombings and their non-co-operation with the Barron Inquiry exposed their guilt. Deputy Ó Caoláin also criticized the Irish Government for meekly accepting British "stone-walling" which he said left the survivors and bereaved angry and frustrated.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Saddam Hussein is in the dock in Iraq today and I welcome the fact that this tyrant is being made answerable for his crimes. But how many British Prime Ministers, Secretaries of State and Generals should also be in the dock for their war crimes around the world and in our own country? Thirty years on, the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings are still seeking truth and justice. The agents of the British Government who colluded in the bombings and their political masters in Whitehall have yet to be subjected to an inquiry, let alone prosecution for war crimes. They should be in the dock like Saddam Hussein.

"I share the anger and frustration of the survivors and bereaved of Dublin and Monaghan at the stone-walling by the British government. But I am equally exasperated at the meek acceptance of this by the Irish Government. Again and again we have seen the Taoiseach shrug his shoulders and deem as inevitable the silence from the British side. Worse still, we have seen this used as an excuse to refuse a public inquiry in this jurisdiction. I must question the determination and the drive of this Government in pursuing the British government. Regrettably, I believe the dedication and commitment is lacking. I say hold the inquiry, summons the British government and its representatives and if they refuse to come then let the world witness the empty chairs.

"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 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 neglect must end. The survivors and the bereaved must have truth and justice at last." ENDS

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