Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD has welcomed delegates and organisers at the Victim Support Europe Annual Conference to Dublin.

The conference, which takes place today and tomorrow and which coincides with the anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings, will focus on the theme; “Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs and Responses.”

Deputy O’Callaghan commented, “Too often, the voice of victims goes unheard in the criminal justice system. Organisations like Victim Support Europe help support the work of victims’ groups around Europe and in doing so, are an important counter balance.

“In this country, it is the case that the failure to deal in a comprehensive and open way with the legacy of paramilitary and state violence continues to hang over the prospects of any meaningful progress in Northern Ireland, where the Executive and Assembly have been brought down and it continues to be a source of pain for the thousands of families bereaved and the many thousands injured.

“The fact that the opening of today’s conference coincides with 43rd Anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombings adds extra poignancy to the ongoing refusal of the British Government to provide a full account about that atrocity. The presence of the conference in Ireland should also act as a spur to everyone involved in political life to confront the legacy issue in a constructive and honest way.”