28 June 2024 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Families of victims of the 1974 bombings in Monaghan Town and Dublin could take legal action against the Irish Government as a result of the non-co-operation by the Gardaí with an investigation currently being conducted by the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. The PONI is conducting a probe into the activities of the Glennane Gang, a loyalist group comprised of UVF, UDR and RUC members who have been linked to more than 120 murders in South Armagh and the wider area during the Troubles period and whose members have been linked to the nowarning car bomb attacks in Dublin and Monaghan on May 17 1974.

The recent 50th anniversary of the atrocities, which claimed 34 lives, was marked by commemorative events in both locations and renewed calls for all information about the bombings held by the British and Irish Governments to be released. No one has ever been charged in connection with the incidents. Campaigners believe that those responsible acted with the support and assistance of elements within the British security structure.

Police Ombudsman Marie Anderson has confirmed that An Garda Síochána has not responded to requests for access to intelligence material about the attacks in Dublin and Monaghan. The Ombudsman is investigating allegations of collusion and failings in RUC investigations into killings linked to the Glennane Gang. The Gardaí have provided intelligence material to Operation Denton, an independent police review into the alleged activities of the gang. Kevin Winters, a lawyer acting for a number of the victims of the 1974 attacks, said this week that the absence of the Garda material will make it impossible for the Ombudsman to conduct a proper inquiry. Mr Winters said he had written to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD, and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin TD, asking them to take action.

“There’s a very significant deficit because without this information we would say that the Police Ombudsman’s report is really bereft of significant detail, and the people who will lose out are the families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings,” the lawyer stated. “Micheál Martin, on the recent 50th anniversary of the bombings, called on the British Government to make available all the information and evidence and material that they have in relation to that atrocity and that was an appropriate and proportionate thing to do. “But he needs to step up here and look at this problem. In the Republic of Ireland there is material held by An Garda Síochána that has…

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