Queen’s Visit Date Coincidence Highlighted as Dublin-Monaghan Bombing Group Calls On British To Release Files

15 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell
michael@northern-standard.ie

The queen’s visit to Ireland on May 17th, which coincides with the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974, has prompted a group representing the victims to call on the British government to release all files it holds relating to the atrocities.
Describing the choice of date for Queen Elizabath II’s arrival as an “extraordinary coincidence”, Justice for the Forgotten has urged the British authorities to release any information they hold on the bombings as “a significant gesture of reconciliation” between the two countries.
Spokeswoman Margaret Urwin described the queen’s visit as marking a “golden opportunity” for British Prime Minister David Cameron to make such a gesture by opening up the files.
The much publicised and broadly supported visit of the British monarch has been flagged as a further significant link in the ongoing process of reconciliation that began with the Peace Process and Good Friday Agreement.
But while some have cited the British government’s refusal to allow access to the files as a reason for their opposition to the royal visit, Ms Urwin has emphasised the opportunity it presents for a gesture of goodwill to be made.
“When we heard this date was going to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s visit we thought, ‘What better symbol of reconciliation could there be on this very historic occasion?’ ” she said.

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