Tuesday 27 September 2016

Families of 1974 bombings still in the dark 42 years on

Allison Bray and Ed Carty

Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30

Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler (10), from Lucan, place flowers in memory of their mother and grandmother Colette Doherty and her unborn child at the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Photo: Damien Eagers
Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler (10), from Lucan, place flowers in memory of their mother and grandmother Colette Doherty and her unborn child at the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Photo: Damien Eagers

The families of 33 people killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings are still demanding justice, more than four decades after the atrocity.

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Wendy Doherty was just shy of her second birthday as she was walking home with her pregnant mother on Dublin's Talbot Street when a car bomb exploded, killing her mother Colette and her unborn sibling who was due to be born two days later.

Miraculously, Ms Doherty was left relatively unscathed when she was found afterwards wandering the streets in a daze by a fireman.

But 42 years later, she and other families of the deceased and of the 300 injured in the single worst atrocity of the Troubles are still looking for answers. No one has ever been held accountable for setting the three car bombs in Dublin, and a fourth in Monaghan town 90 minutes later, that indiscriminately killed victims ranging in age from five months to 80.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Ms Doherty said: "I'm one of the lucky ones, thank God, I have no recollection of it."

The Government has said it is committed to pressing Britain into giving an international judge access to files on the atrocities.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, who attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial on Talbot Street yesterday organised by Justice for the Forgotten, said he would continue to demand the original police and security papers be opened.

"The Government will continue to actively pursue this objective, and we have made it a commitment in the new Programme for Government," the minister said.

A floral tribute on behalf of U2 was left at the memorial with the note: "Justice for the Forgotten. To all the victims and their families. In our thoughts and prayers on this day."

Irish Independent

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