FIANNA FÁIL TD CALLS FOR FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO BELTURBET BOMBING

7 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Speaking on the recent 49th anniversary of the Belturbet bombing, Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan/Monaghan Brendan Smith repeated his call for a full and comprehensive investigation into the Belturbet bombing which caused the deaths of two teenagers, Geraldine O’Reilly and Patrick Stanley. “At my request, the Taoiseach has raised this very important issue with the British Government on the need to address our ongoing request for a full and comprehensive investigation,” Deputy Smith stated. “We need answers and the very least the O’Reilly and Stanley families deserve is the truth, having suffered decades of grief for the loss of their loved ones.

Almost a halfcentury has passed since that fatal night in Belturbet. We must never forget that it is never too late to get the truth.” Deputy Smith described the idea by the British Government to impose an amnesty for murderers from British state forces and paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland as appalling. “The British Government has suggested we cut off forever the possibility of getting the truth and that we close down all avenues of investigation.

“The Oireachtas must ensure the message continues to go back that we will never give up on seeking the truth. The very least the families, whom I know so well and who have suffered so much deserve is to get the truth and to be assured the agencies of both States and the Governments have their interests at heart and that they will leave no stone unturned to try to get to the truth of what…

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