9 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has renewed the call on the British Government to remove all obstacles to full and proper investigations of the fatal bombing attacks which occurred in Belturbet in December 1972 and in Dublin and Monaghan in May 1974 at the height of the Northern Troubles.

The FF Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade was speaking at a meeting of the Oireachtas All-Party Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Outlining the need for a full investigation into the Belturbet bombing of December 28 1972, Deputy Smith stated: “Nobody has ever been brought to justice for this atrocity, which resulted in the deaths of Geraldine O’Reilly and Paddy Stanley.“This horrific bombing should be referred to the Historical Investigations Unit which will be established following the signing of the Stormont House Agreement last December.”Deputy Smith also outlined to the Committee the need for the British Government to deal with the motions passed unanimously in Dáil Éireann on two occasions in relation to the bomb attacks on Dublin and Monaghan on May 17 1974, which resulted in the biggest death toll in a single day in the history of the Troubles.

The motions in question, he noted, called on the British Government to provide an eminent legal person with access to all papers and files relating to the attacks, in which 33 innocent people died.Deputy Smith stated: “Recently both the FF Party Leader, Deputy Micheál Martin and myself met with the …

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