Diplomatic and international campaign on Dublin Monaghan bombs and related events needed – Adams
Speaking in the Dáil today on the motion on the Dublin & Monaghan bombs and the Barron reports, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD called on the Irish government to use “all of its resources; all of its diplomatic services; its access to scores of international bodies, including the United Nations, to press the British government on this important issue.”
The Sinn Féin leader acknowledged that he didn’t have any hope that today’s motion will have any impact whatsoever on the government in London. However, he said, “a consistent strategic engagement by the government with the British government and the use of the political, media and international opportunities available to us can make a difference.”
Teachta Adams also referred to the Barron report into the bomb attack of Kay’s Tavern, Dundalk in which Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters were killed, and the murder in north Louth of Seamus Ludlow.
The Louth TD accused this government and the last Fianna Fáil led government of being “in breach of its obligations, particularly in the case of Seamus Ludlow. The Ludlow family have now been compelled to take legal action in the courts to force the government to act on the Barron recommendations and to establish Commissions of Investigation.”
Gerry Adams said:
“The Taoiseach acknowledges the work of the Barron Commission and today, he declared that addressing the needs of victims and survivors is at the core of the government’s approach, but the government refuses to act as Justice Barron recommended.
“The Dublin and Monaghan bombings were catastrophic. Thirty-four citizens died; twenty-seven in Dublin and seven in Monaghan.
“I want to extend my solidarity and sympathies to the victims and survivors of all of those incidents and to all of those who lost their lives or who were injured in the course of the conflict.
“They deserve - and there can be no hierarchy of victims – justice and truth. I want to commend in particular the Justice for the Forgotten campaign, the Pat Finucane Centre and Relatives for Justice for their hard work on behalf of victims. They have our full support.
“The British state has never been open and honest about the role its intelligence services played in working with unionist death squads engaged in the murder of innocent victims. It is now accepted that as a matter of fact that collusion was policy and administrative practice.”
The Sinn Féin leader reminded the Dáil that today is the 25th anniversary of the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton. Gerry Adams said:
“Today is the 25th anniversary of the murder Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton, a very good friend of mine. I want to express continued solidarity to his wife Dina and to their family. The British government refuses to give information in its possession into the murder of Eddie and our government has been remiss in supporting the family in their quest for justice.
“The British government has also failed to establish the public inquiry, agreed at Weston Park in 2001, into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. And it is thwarting at this moment the north’s Lord Chief Justice’s efforts to hold legacy inquests.
“This isn’t just a passive British government. This is an active effort to thwart efforts to get to the truth. So it needs to be matched by a positive outreach by the Irish government.”