18 December 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Micheál Martin TD has told the Dáil he will pursue both the British and Northern Ireland authorities regarding the no-warning carbomb attack in Belturbet, Co Cavan, in which two teenage civilians were killed in December 1972. Loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for the bombing which killed Geraldine O’Reilly, aged 15, and 16 year-old Paddy Stanley. There have been allegations of collusion by British security forces in the attack.

The matter was the subject of an RTÉ Investigates documentary broadcast on Monday eveing. Mr Martin described the bomb attack on Belturbet Main Street as heinous and said he would do what he possibly could to get answers for the families. He told the Fianna Fáil Deputy for Cavan Monaghan, Brendan Smith, that the Garda investigation into the killings was still open. Two other bombs exploded along the border in the space of an hour. The first was in Clones at the bottom of Fermanagh Street, and it caused extensive damage. See full report on page 16

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