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Gerry Adams TD attends ceremony to mark 40th anniversary of Kay’s Tavern attack

19 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams this evening joined with the families of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, and with Justice for the Forgotten, in remembering their deaths at a wreath laying ceremony at the site of Kay’s Tavern, in Dundalk.

Teachta Adams said:

“I want to commend the families of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters who have worked tirelessly for 40 years, in very difficult circumstances, to raise awareness about this dreadful attack and to force the British state to provide information in its possession on those who were responsible.

“It is time that the British government honoured its commitment, brokered by US diplomats Richard Haass and Meghan O Sullivan at the first Stormont House Agreement last year, to engage in full disclosure in respect of information it has about the actions of its forces. This includes actions that its forces were directly involved in or actions it carried out in collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

“The British government’s refusal to provide information on this attack and on countless others is about protecting those who killed on its behalf and with its sanction.

“Successive Irish governments have failed to defend the rights of victims of British state terror in this state. As a result the lawyers for the family of Seamus Ludlow are now taking a judicial review against the Minister for Justice. It is disgraceful that they have been forced to do this.”

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