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"British memo on Dublin/Monaghan bombs underlines case for summit on collusion - Ó Caoláin

29 August, 2006


Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the revelation of a British government memo showing that that Government had stated to the Irish government that men in British custody were responsible for the Dublin and Monaghan bombings underlines the case for a special Ahern/Blair summit on collusion.

A Northern Ireland Office memo has been revealed relating to a meeting between British and Irish government members in September 1974 -- just four months after the Dublin and Monaghan bombings which killed 33 people. The memo shows that British Secretary of State Merlyn Rees told Irish representatives at that meeting, including Foreign Affairs Minister Garret FitzGerald, that the British had evidence that men they had recently interned were responsible for the bombings.

The Cavan-Monaghan TD stated: "This memorandum confirms in stark terms that not only did the British authorities know who was responsible for the bombings but they also informed Irish Government ministers of this directly and the exchange was placed on the official record. Why did the Irish Government not pursue this matter vigorously at the time? Why did the British government not place this document before the Barron inquiry?

"The only conclusion can be that the matter was not pursued at the time and for two decades afterwards because both the British and Irish authorities knew that the trail would lead to those in the British crown forces who used loyalist paramilitaries to wage their war for them.

"The Taoiseach should immediately demand of British Prime Minister Tony Blair a special summit meting dedicated exclusively to the issue of collusion. This must focus on the need for both Governments to reveal their knowledge of the full extent of collusion."

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