Sunday 25 September 2016

Martin slams Cameron over 1974 bombing files

Barry Lennon

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

Water protesters shout at former Environment Minister Alan Kelly as he enters Leinster House last night. Photo: Rolling News
Water protesters shout at former Environment Minister Alan Kelly as he enters Leinster House last night. Photo: Rolling News

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin attacked British Prime Minister David Cameron for refusing to release documents on the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings.

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Mr Martin said Mr Cameron was creating a "fundamental barrier" for real closure on the issue as the Dáil voted on a motion to release papers on the attack. "It is clear from the evidence that loyalist paramilitaries undertook the bloody deed," Mr Martin said yesterday.

"However, the sophistication and co-ordination of the attacks raises serious issues around the potential orchestration of the explosions by elements of British security forces.

"The refusal of Prime Minister Cameron to release the relevant documents is a fundamental barrier to achieving real closure."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he raised the issue when meeting Mr Cameron and had called for an "independent international judicial figure" to review the files.

Mr Kenny also told relatives that their suffering will "never be forgotten".

David Cameron: ‘Putting up a fundamental barrier’. Photo: PA
David Cameron: ‘Putting up a fundamental barrier’. Photo: PA

The bombings, which were recently commemorated on its 42nd anniversary, were on one of the worst days of the Troubles, as 34 people died.

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