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Government should explore all options to secure British cooperation with Dublin/Monaghan inquiry

25 January, 2006


Responding to the Taoiseach's confirmation today that the Attorney General has advised the Government would not likely succeed if it took a European Court case against the British Government for its failure to co-operate with the Dublin/Monaghan bombings inquiry Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government should now explore other international action.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The Taoiseach has confirmed that the Attorney General's advice is that the Government would not likely succeed if it took a European Court case against the British Government for its failure to co-operate with the Dublin/Monaghan bombings inquiry. The Government should now explore other international action in light of this advice and following the regrettable failure of the European Court action by Justice for the Forgotten. Such international action must be taken by the Government as the constant blocking of these inquiries by the British is an international scandal. The government should raise this at the United Nations."

Deputy Ó Caoláin also urged the Taoiseach to ensure that the Remembrance Fund to assist people injured and bereaved in the conflict which is due to end in December this year should be better promoted and advertised. He said, "This scheme was very slow to get up and running and is not widely known. It needs to be advertised more widely, including on the broadcast media, so that deserving people can apply and avail of this fund." ENDS

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