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Demands increase for full international public inquiry on 30th Anniversary of Dublin Monaghan bombings

16 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Dáil Group Leader and Cavan Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is today attending the unveiling of the new memorial in Monaghan town to mark the 30th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Speaking before attending the ceremony Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"On this the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings our thoughts are with the survivors and the bereaved of that terrible day, 17 May 1974. The dignity of the survivors and the bereaved and their tenacity in their campaign for justice is an inspiration.

"Sadly, 30 years on, the British government has yet to admit any responsibility for the bombings. It continues to withhold information on the role of its forces in the atrocity. It treated the inquiry of Justice Barron with contempt.

"The surviving members of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition Government of 1974 owe an explanation to the Irish people on why they turned a blind eye to the involvement of a foreign government in the worst bombings of the conflict which were intended to kill as many civilians as possible. Members of successive governments also need to answer that question.

"I reiterate my support for the demand of Justice for the Forgotten for a full international public inquiry."ENDS

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