Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith says he has received confirmation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade that he will be raising the Dublin-Monaghan bombings directly with the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley MP.

Deputy Smith explained, “I have been calling on the Irish government to increase pressure on the British government to provide access to papers and files relating to the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings.  The Dáil has debated this issue many times and passed three motions calling on the British government to release this documentation.

“In reply to a Parliamentary Question on the matter, Minister Simon Coveney confirmed that he “discussed the matter with the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, and will likewise be pursuing the issue directly with the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley”.

“This is a welcome development, but the Minister must ensure a more focused effort is made to progress the issue.  The matter has been raised with successive Secretaries of State, with no result.  I along with members of my party have been working along with the families and support groups to continue to shine a light on this awful atrocity.  The 17th May 1974 marks the darkest day in the legacy of the Troubles – 34 people were killed and 300 were injured.

“It is shocking to think that more than 40 years after this horrific event, we appear to be no closer to the truth.  I am urging Minister Coveney to work with Karen Bradley to secure the release of these British government files, which could shine a light on this appalling massacre”.