PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has called on the British government to release top-secret documents surrounding the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, which killed 34 people, including an unborn baby at full term.
The President hosted an emotional meeting of relatives and friends of those killed and injured in the bombings, which proved to be the single biggest atrocity of the Troubles.
He called on the British government to make the undisclosed files immediately available for independent assessment, as "a strategy of amnesia is simply not an option".
Noel Hegarty (54), from Swords in north Dublin, a survivor of the Talbot Street bombing, described President Higgins' remarks as "highly emotive".
"At long last we've been recognised by the President of Ireland. For so many years things have been brushed under the carpet and ignored, so it's great to be finally accepted," he told the Irish Independent.
Earlier this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the Government is actively seeking documents relating to the atrocity and said he has raised the issue with British Prime Minister David Cameron.