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Taoiseach has failed victims of collusion – Ó Caoláin

25 May, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has criticised An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for failing to uphold the rights of families of Irish citizens killed and injured through acts of collusion. Speaking during a debate on the Dublin & Monaghan bombings, Deputy Ó Caoláin said that Sinn Féin’s approach to legacy issues has always been the facilitation of information disclosure, truth and justice for families

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:

“Last week, on the 17th May, we marked the 42nd Anniversary of the Monaghan and Dublin bombings. Thirty four lives were taken by no-warning bombs placed in busy streets. This was the largest single-day loss of life over the some thirty years of the Troubles. I want to extend my continuing sympathy and solidarity with all the survivors and the bereaved of that terrible day. 

“These, and other British-sponsored bombings, have never elicited the release of critical documentation held by the British Government, its armed forces and north of Ireland based agencies; despite a Joint Oireachtas Committee concluding that ‘we are dealing with acts of international terrorism that were colluded in by the British security forces’.

“Television programmes broadcasted both on the BBC and RTÉ last year showed the pervasiveness of collusion, a practice of the British government and its security forces, the consequences of which are felt by families and survivors across Ireland today.

“There are many aspects to engaging with legacy, but central to the Sinn Féin approach has been the facilitation of information disclosure, truth and justice for families. 

“The British Government’s blanket veto on providing information to the families of victims of the conflict is unacceptable and remains the biggest single obstacle to dealing effectively with the legacy of the past.

“The Taoiseach has failed to uphold the rights of families of Irish citizens killed and injured through acts of collusion. He has failed to hold the British government to account for their refusal to fully cooperate with the inquiry into Dublin/Monaghan.

“I call on this Government to pursue the full realisation of the demands of these all party motions and to urgently, and again with real resolve, raise the matter with the British Government.” 

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