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Paisley comments on Dublin-Monaghan bombings "deeply insulting" - Ó Caoláin

10 January, 2014 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has criticised the comments of former DUP leader and First Minister Ian Paisley on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said: 

"Ian Paisley's comments are deeply insulting and hurtful, especially to the survivors and the bereaved of the bombings of Monaghan and Dublin in May 1974. While Mr. Paisley seeks to blame the Government and the people in this State for 'bringing it on themselves', the irony is that the then Fine Gael/Labour Government attempted a similar shift of responsibility by trying to blame republicans for the bombings. 

"The only purpose served by Mr. Paisley's comments and the controversy now is to highlight the as yet unfulfilled obligation on the British government to reveal the full truth of what occurred and the role of its agents in the bombings and for the Irish Government to be pro-active also in that demand for truth. This is especially important given that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the bombings." 

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