Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has condemned the comments by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP. Ms. Bradley had said no killings by British soldiers or police officers during the Troubles were crimes.

Deputy Smith commented “The comments from the Secretary of State were ignoring due process and speaking completely against the rule of law.

“In 2010, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the back of the publication of the Saville enquiry, issued a full apology to the people and families who have suffered so much due to the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry.

“The inquiry into the Ballymurphy massacre is still ongoing in the courts and she has indirectly commented on this, which is reckless. Political voices have repeatedly requested an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.  It is widely accepted that the British State forces colluded with the Glenanne gang during the Troubles. There are legacy issues ongoing all the time and these comments are ignorant to the sensitivities in Northern Ireland.

“Separately, why have the British Government continued to ignore the unanimous requests of Dáil Éireann made in 2008, 2011, and 2012 for access to be given to an eminent, independent legal person for access to the papers pertaining to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings?

“Has Secretary of State Bradley abandoned the commitments arising from the Stormont House Agreement and the Fresh Start Agreement to deal with legacy issues and establish the Historical Investigations Unit and the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval which will be a cross border institution?

“The Secretary of State should immediately withdraw her remarks and issue an apology to the families on whom she has inflicted so much further hurt today,” concluded Deputy Smith.