JUSTICE FOR THE FORGOTTEN “AGHAST” AT NORTH SECRETARY’S LETTER ON MONAGHAN AND DUBLIN BOMBINGS

13 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Justice for the Forgotten spokesperson Margaret Urwin was “aghast” at the contents of a letter sent by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers MP to Monaghan Co Council in relation to the 1974 no warning car bomb attacks in Monaghan and Dublin.

So Sinn Féin councillor Sean Conlon told Monday’s meeting of the Co Council, which considered the correspondence from the North Secretary in which she stated that two inquiries carried out into the attacks – which resulted in the worst loss of life in a single day during the Troubles – found no evidence of collusion involving British security forces.

Colr Conlon said he had brought the contents of the letter to the attention of Ms Urwin the previous day at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 bombing in Castleblayney in which local man Patrick Mone lost his life.

The spokesperson for Justice for the Forgotten (which campaigns on behalf of the survivors and relatives of the victims of the 1974 atrocity) was “aghast”, Colr Conlon stated, at some of the references and comments made by the Northern Secretary, which seemed to rescind previous comments made by her.

The SF representative said that Ms Urwin had agreed to give a formal response to the letter, and he believed the Co Council should await this response so they could be best informed as to how to move this issue forward and re-engage with Theresa Villiers.

The letter from the Secretary of State was in response to a resolution passed by Monaghan Co Council at its December meeting.

Ms Villiers wrote: “The motion passed by the Council urges the UK Government to permit access by an independent international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to the Dublin Monaghan bombings of 1974.

“First, I would like to say that no matter how much time passes the pain experienced by victims of this atrocious attack remains. I would like to offer my sincerest sympathy and condolences to all the families who lost loved ones and to the survivors of the bombings who carry mental and physical scars to this day.

“I am aware of the concerns raised directly with…

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