20 May 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Politicians at national and local level strongly re-emphasised the need to bring justice to the survivors and victims’ relatives of the 1974 bombings in Monaghan Town and Dublin as the 47th anniversary of the atrocities was marked on Monday May 17 last. In a statement marking the anniversary, Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys TD emphasised the Government’s commitment “to seek out the truth behind those events and, hopefully, to secure some measure of comfort for the victim’s families and the survivors.”

The Cavan/Monaghan TD said the Government would continue to see ways of addressing the legacy issues of the Troubles which included implementation of measures contained in the Stormont House Agreement – a perhaps significant emphasis given the disquiet engendered by recent indications that the British Government was considering the implementation of measures that would impose a statute of limitations on prosecutions of military personnel and paramilitaries for crimes committed during the troubles, a move widely condemned as a breach of the Stormont accord’s agreed approach to legacy issues.

A motion expressing strong opposition to a British Government “amnesty” for Troubles crimes received unanimous support when moved by Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Coyle at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council, which concluded with members and executive observing a period of silence in memory of the Monaghan and Dublin bombing victims.

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher called on the Seanad on Monday for a reinvigoration of efforts to have the British Government release documentation that would bring closure to the families of the 1974 bombing victims, whose request for truth and justice, Senator Gallagher…

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