Fianna Fáil T.D. for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has once again called on the British Government to remove all obstacles to a full and proper investigation into the bombings and the murder of innocent people in Monaghan and Dublin in May 1974.
Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the atrocity, in which 33 people died and almost 300 were injured.
“Over the past number of years in meetings that I had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers and also with the British Ambassador I raised each time with them the need for the British Government to respond positively to the unanimous call of Dáil Éireann for British co-operation in a full and a proper investigation of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. Motions were unanimously passed in Dáil Éireann in 2008 and 2011 calling for such co-operation. I have repeatedly called on the British Government to give access to an eminent legal person to all papers and files relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings of the 17th May 1974 which resulted in the deaths of 33 innocent people”, explained Deputy Smith.
“Every obstacle must be removed by the British Government to ensure full and proper investigations are undertaken in respect of these bombings and the perpetrators of such crimes need to be brought to justice. The least the victims and the families of all these atrocities deserve is the truth about who carried out these murderous deeds 42 years ago.
“I have tabled further Parliamentary Questions in Dáil Éireann regarding the need for the Government to constantly pursue with the Secretary State for Northern Ireland and with the British Foreign Secretary to initiate the necessary co-operation to have full investigations undertaken”.