– British govt files must be released –
Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to increase pressure on the British government to release all of the files and documents relating to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
Deputy Smyth attended a ceremony in Dublin today to remember the victims of the 1974 atrocity.
“The Dublin-Monaghan bombings marked one of the darkest days in the history of the Troubles and despite the fact that more than 40 years have passed, we are still no nearer to the truth. This is extremely traumatic for the families of those that were killed and injured”, said Deputy Smyth.
“I attended a ceremony in Dublin to remember those who lost their lives. Thirty three people and an unborn child died in the tragedy and we were told earlier today that the unborn baby has been given full recognition as a human life bringing the total death toll in this atrocity to 34 people. Today was also a day where we remembered the victims of the Belturbet and Castleblayney bombings. It is imperative that justice is served for these people.
“The Dáil has debated and passed motions on the release of the documents and files numerous times but to date the British government has refused to comply. This is not good enough.
“I spoke with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan today and pressed the importance of securing these documents, and I will be raising the issue again with Minister Simon Coveney”.