British files on Dublin, Monaghan bombings to remain secret, Dáil told

27 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The British Government does not intend to release any further files on the 1974 bombings in Dublin and Monaghan, the Dáil was told on Tuesday.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the information provided by the British Government on the bombings thus far was all the relevant information they intended to supply.
The Justice for the Forgotten campaign group had used the occasion of the recent visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland to make a renewed call for information on the loyalist attacks of May 17 1974 in which 34 people, including an unborn child, were murdered. Suspicion of collusion between the perpetrators and British security forces have persisted ever since, and were alluded to in enquiries conducted in 2003 by Mr Justice Henry Barron and subsequently by the distinguished Monaghan barrister Patrick MacEntee.
Mr Kenny, who raised the issue with British Prime Minister David Cameron during the Queen’s state visit, said that he had no authority to instruct the British Government to supply information on other files.
He pointed out that Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore had explored the issue in detail in a meeting with the Justice for the Forgotten Group, and said that the Irish Government would continue to work on the issue, and would liaise with Britain to see if there was other, further information that might and should be made available.

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