Government must take lead on Collusion issue – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil today in a debate on Monday’s RTE programme on Collusion called on the Irish government to “proceed with the protocols and establish the bodies as agreed in the Stormont House Agreement for dealing with legacy issues”.
Teachta Adams urged the government to “take the lead on this issue and for the Taoiseach to meet with the Relatives for Justice support group.”
The Louth TD also raised the issue of the Dublin Monaghan bombs, the killing of Hugh Watters and Jack Rooney in Dundalk, and the murder of Seamus Ludlow.
Speaking in the Dáil, Teachta Adams said:
“Monday’s RTE documentary on Collusion brought into sharp focus the shameful role of the British state, from its highest political level, in the planning, ordering and sanctioning of state murder on a massive scale, including against citizens in this state.
“Much of what it contained was not new. For citizens in the north collusion has been part of the political landscape for decades.
“It took 30 years for RTE to make this programme. So for many citizens here it was their first real opportunity to see the reality of Britain’s dirty war in Ireland. The policy of state sponsored collusion between British state forces and unionist death squads was part and parcel of British policy.
“Successive Irish government’s failed to uphold the rights of hundreds of Irish citizens who were killed, or the thousands more who were injured, imprisoned or tortured, as a consequence of British policy. The most obvious examples of this are the 33 victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombs and the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.
“In this state, there are also the deaths of Councillor Eddie Fullerton, of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, killed in Dundalk, and of Seamus Ludlow and others.
“The government needs to commit to using its full political and diplomatic resources to demand from the British government the long denied files on Dublin-Monaghan bombs; it should demand the establishment of the Pat Finucane inquiry, and seek to secure justice for all those affected by collusion.
“Furthermore, the two governments should proceed with the protocols and establish the bodies, like the Historical Investigations Unit, as agreed in the Stormont House Agreement for dealing with legacy issues.
“Whatever difficulties there are in the political institutions these legacy matters are the responsibility of both governments. That means the Irish government, as a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, should proceed on this issue.”