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Why is Government stalling justice for Dubin & Monaghan families?

30 July, 2004

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has criticised the government for its failure once again to provide justice for the victims of the 1974 Dublin & Monaghan bombings. Mr Crowe was speaking after reports yesterday that the government intends to establish a private inquiry into the garda investigation of the bombing and the missing documentation.

Deputy Crowe said:

'At the 30th anniversary of the Dublin & Monaghan bombings, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern turned up at the memorial on Talbot Street and listened to relatives of those killed speaking about the pain they still feel and heard how only a fully independent public inquiry into the deaths of their loved ones could bring an end to that pain. Having supported the families in this way, Mr Ahern should now give these people the inquiry that they deserve and this state owes them. He can no longer allow people to hide behind private inquiries.

"While the garda investigation has to be examined, the collusion surroundings these bombings does not stop there, as the government well knows. By failing to open a full inquiry into the atrocity, is the government saying it finds it acceptable for a foreign government to collude in the bombing of its citizens?

"The government has spent 30 years prevaricating on this issue. The families don‚t need another private inquiry. They don't need an interim inquiry. They need one efficient and effective inquiry with the power to compel outside elements to comply with it. An inquiry lacking these essential elements will not win any support from these families. Mr Ahern's predecessors have let down the victims of 1974 too many times. He has now joined their ranks."ENDS

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