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Ó Caoláin urges Government to bring British to court over Dublin-Monaghan bombings

1 June, 2005


Sinn Féin Dáil leader, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has urged the Taoiseach to bring a case against the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights as a matter of urgency over their refusal to establish an enquiry into the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "There is a concern within Justice for the Forgotten regarding time restrictions which may close this avenue unless the project is pursued with some haste."

Speaking in Dublin today he said, "On the last occasion the Taoiseach was pessimistic in his answers to the Dáil on how far he had got, and how far he expected to get, with the British government in seeking the truth about collusion.

"It is totally unacceptable that the British government and all its agencies continue to stonewall the Irish people on the question of its true role in the conflict. It is not acceptable that a year after the Oireachtas Committee issued its report and recommended that the British establish an inquiry into the Dublin & Monaghan bombings nothing has been done by the British government, from Tony Blair down.

"Therefore, given the refusal of the British to establish an inquiry, I would urge Government to now take the next step as recommended by Oireachtas Committee and bring a case against the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the bereaved and the survivors of Dublin and Monaghan.

"There is a concern within Justice for the Forgotten regarding time restrictions which may close this avenue unless the project is pursued with some haste." ENDS

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