Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has met with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire and called on him to release the documentation related to the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings so that a full investigation into these atrocities can be carried out.

Deputy Smith raised the issue directly with Secretary of State Brokenshire at the Conference of British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Wales.

“The 17th May 1974 marked one of the darkest days in the legacy of the Troubles and to date, the victims and the families of those who died have been left without a full and proper investigation into the atrocities.  33 were killed and almost 300 were injured in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, and despite numerous calls for an investigation, the British Government has continuously refused to give its full cooperation.

“I met with Secretary of State Brokenshire today and once again emphasised the importance of a full investigation into these attacks and urged him to release all of the documentation related to these terrible tragedies so that the perpetrators of these atrocities can be brought to justice.

“The victims and the families of those who died deserve to know the truth about these awful acts of violence and the release of these documents would help establish the facts of that dark day.  There is a responsibility on the British Government to assist in this investigation and I have urged Secretary of State Brokenshire to hand over these important files so that justice can be served”.