Dublin-Mon­aghan vic­tims ‘de­serve truth’ 44 years on

Irish Independent - - News - Michael McHugh

THE vic­tims of one of the worst days of atroc­ity in the Trou­bles should be told the truth, a cam­paigner has said.

A wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony took place at a Dublin me­mo­rial to 33 peo­ple killed by loy­al­ist bombers yes­ter­day, and their fam­i­lies want the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment to re­lease clas­si­fied se­cu­rity files re­lat­ing to deaths in which state col­lu­sion is sus­pected.

It marked the 44th an­niver­sary of the blasts when paramil­i­taries det­o­nated four no-warn­ing bombs in Dublin and Mon­aghan on May 17, 1974.

The Jus­tice for the For­got­ten lobby group has fought a long-run­ning campaign for an open in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions that Bri­tish se­cu­rity agents col­luded with the ter­ror­ists to plot the co-or­di­nated and so­phis­ti­cated at­tacks.

Spokesper­son Mar­garet Ur­win said: “When peo­ple talk about jus­tice they are of­ten mean­ing prose­cu­tions and so on.

“We have been cam­paign­ing now for 25 years, since 1993 ba­si­cally.

“What the fam­i­lies have al­ways asked for, de­manded, is for the truth rather than prose­cu­tions.

“I don’t think they ever ex­pect jus­tice in that sense but what they re­ally want to get is as much of the truth as pos­si­ble.”

Photo: PA

A minute’s si­lence is ob­served dur­ing the wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony to mark the 44th an­niver­sary of the Dublin-Mon­aghan bomb­ings on Dublin’s Tal­bot Street.

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