"British Ambassador's claims are false" -- Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described as "utterly false" the claim by the British Ambassador Stuart Eldon that his Government has not been engaged in a cover-up regarding the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974 in which 33 people were killed.
The Cavan-Monaghan Deputy said:
"Successive reports by Justice Henry Barron have been highly critical of the failure of the British authorities to co-operate with the investigations into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and other bombings and shootings where there are strong indications of collusion between British crown forces and unionist paramilitaries.
"For the British Ambassador to claim that there is no cover-up and to attempt to portray his Government as co-operative with the inquiries initiated by the Oireachtas is utterly false. It has no credibility.
"The British Ambassador states that his Government's purpose is to 'protect the lives of people who were involved at the time, who could conceivably be endangered if full details of what went on were to come out'. Does this mean that Mr. Eldon is aware of people who were involved with the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and that he is also aware of 'full details' that have yet to come out?
"Earlier this year the Dáil unanimously passed a motion calling on the British government to hold an independent international inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. The British government has steadfastly refused to do so.
"The British government has been involved in a decades-long cover-up of its use of collusion with unionist paramilitaries in its war in Ireland. Ambassador Eldon's pathetic plea of innocence will convince no-one."