Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development Brendan Smith has repeated his call for the British Government to release its files relating to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Tomorrow is the fortieth anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. 33 killed people were killed and 300 injured in the atrocities – the highest number of casualties on any single day during the Troubles.  

Deputy Smith said, “Forty years on, it is time for the British Government to respond positively and without further delay to the requests outlined in the All Party Oireachtas Motion, which was passed on 10th July 2008. 

“This motion called for all original documents held by the British relating to the atrocities to be handed over to a panel of independent, international judicial figures. The release of these files would go some way towards helping to resolve these awful crimes which still scar our country.

“I have raised this matter on a number of occasions in the past in meetings with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and with the British Labour Spokesperson on Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis. I have also consistently raised this matter with the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade through Parliamentary Questions in Dáil Éireann. 

“At a time when British and Irish working relations are positive, it is important that the files establishing the truth of what happened on that awful day in 1974 are released. The very least that the families of the victims deserve is the truth. The British Government has a major responsibility in this regard.” Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Border Region Development Brendan Smith has repeated his call for the British Government to release its files relating to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Tomorrow is the fortieth anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. 33 killed people were killed and 300 injured in the atrocities – the highest number of casualties on any single day during the Troubles.  

Deputy Smith said, “Forty years on, it is time for the British Government to respond positively and without further delay to the requests outlined in the All Party Oireachtas Motion, which was passed on 10th July 2008. 

“This motion called for all original documents held by the British relating to the atrocities to be handed over to a panel of independent, international judicial figures. The release of these files would go some way towards helping to resolve these awful crimes which still scar our country.

“I have raised this matter on a number of occasions in the past in meetings with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and with the British Labour Spokesperson on Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis. I have also consistently raised this matter with the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade through Parliamentary Questions in Dáil Éireann. 

“At a time when British and Irish working relations are positive, it is important that the files establishing the truth of what happened on that awful day in 1974 are released. The very least that the families of the victims deserve is the truth. The British Government has a major responsibility in this regard.”