Speaking on the 41st anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings, the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD renewed calls for the British Government to open all documents on the incident.
34 people were killed on May 17th 1974 when a series of bombs exploded in Dublin city centre and Monaghan town. Another 300 people were injured when the no warning bombs exploded.
Deputy Martin said, “The 41st anniversary of this deeply tragic moment in Irish history is a chance for the new Conservative Government to take action. Releasing all files pertaining to the Dublin Monaghan bombings will help the victims and relatives of those who lost their lives to find the justice that has eluded them for decades. Releasing these files to an independent judicial figure is the fairest way to deal with this legacy issue.”
Fianna Fáil’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Brendan Smith TD added, “Dealing with the past is vital to move forward into the future. The victims need certainty as to what happened to their loved ones 41 years ago. The British Government should act in the spirit of disclosure and co-operation that various political agreements from Good Friday to Stormont House embody. This is not a party political issue but is about getting justice for those have lost so much. All-party Dáil motions of July 2008 and May 2011 have called on the British Government to allow access by an independent international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
“My Party Leader and I will continue to raise this issue with the Government and at future meetings with the Northern Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to ensure it stays firmly on the agenda. The election of a new Conservative Government with a clear majority gives them a chance to start afresh and release these files, ” Deputy Smith concluded