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Junior Minister’s comments ‘deeply insulting’ to families of Dublin/Monaghan bombing victims – Carthy

29 August, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has responded to the details of an Irish Independent interview with Junior Minister Patrick O'Donovan calling the Fine Gael representative’s comments ‘pathetic, egoistical as well as deeply insulting to the families of the 33 people killed by the UVF’s 1974 bomb attacks in Dublin and Monaghan’.

Matt Carthy said:

“Patrick O’Donovan has clearly learned how to get coverage in the Irish Independent - simply attack Sinn Féin.  The fact that his pathetic comments included reference to blaming the Dublin/Monaghan Bombings - which witnessed the greatest loss of life during the conflict - on republicans, merely proves that this was an egotistical attempt at garnering publicity rather than any valid political input.

“Nevertheless, his comments regarding the Dublin/Monaghan bombs were incredibly crass and ill-informed.  More importantly, they were deeply hurtful to the families of the victims who have been searching for the truth about the attacks for so many years and the communities from which they came.

“Patrick O'Donovan’s remarks were deeply insensitive to the feelings of those families.  I note that he has thus far failed to apologise to them and instead and has instead tried to excuse himself by saying that he doesn’t ‘differentiate between atrocities’.

“That in itself is a bizarre statement. The Dublin/Monaghan bombings were undoubtedly carried out with the direct involvement of British state agencies.  The Dáil has unanimously supported the call for truth and the Justice for the Forgotten Campaign. Patrick O’Donovan’s remarks will raise questions as to the commitment of his government to force the British Government to hand over all information so that the families of the Dublin/ Monaghan victims, their communities and the Irish people can finally get to the truth of what happened in 1974.”

Commentating on other aspects of Patrick O’Donovan’s interview, Matt Carthy continued:

“Interestingly, we have now reached a point where Fine Gael Ministers feel that they can confidently speak on behalf of Fianna Fáil members.  It is further evidence that whatever minimal differences between the two parties that ever existed have now fully evaporated.

“The ongoing comments of ‘the centre must hold’ are part of a wider campaign to dismiss any alternative political message.  Neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil are parties of the centre.  They are right wing, regressive parties whose collective policies led to a collapse of the Irish economy and who now oversee crises in our health services, in housing provision and across our public services.  They oversee a two-tier economy where the burdens of taxation fall upon those who can least afford it and where regional imbalances are more acute than ever before.

“The mantra of ‘the centre must hold’ is just another way of saying ‘there is no alternative’.  Both are part of an establishment response to the fact that people across Ireland are looking for new answers, a new approach and a new political direction.  Increasingly, they are looking towards Sinn Féin.

“That is why Patrick O’Donovan and others within Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - with the tacit support of some media outlets - are trying to refight a conflict which is thankfully over.” 

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