5th August 1999
Dublin/Monaghan bombings inquiry should be public
Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has expressed disappointment at the recommendation in the report of the Victims Commission that an inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings of 1974 should be held in private. The TD called for a full public inquiry. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
``For 25 years the survivors and the bereaved have been kept completely in the dark by both the Irish and British authorities. An inquiry held in private is not acceptable. There is strong evidence in the hands of the Irish government that there was British military involvement in the bombings. There is also a strong and justified belief among the relatives that the Irish authorities failed to carry out a proper investigation.
``The Taoiseach himself was handed evidence earlier this year by the legal representatives of the relatives and bereaved which names a British intelligence office, a UDR captain and an RUC officer, all of whom were involved in the plot, according to the testimony of one of the conspirators.
``What is needed therefore is a full judicial inquiry conducted in public. The RUC, the British Army and the Gardaí must make available the information in their hands. The inquiry must also have the ability to open to public scrutiny the role of both the British and Irish authorities in this matter.
``I urge the government to accede to the just demand of the relatives and bereaved for a full public inquiry.''
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