Sunday 28 December 2014

Wreaths laid at Dublin Monaghan bombing sites

Ed Carty

Published 17/05/2014 | 15:39

Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler, eight, from Lucan, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Wendy who was 1 1/2 years old was with her pregnant mother Collette Doherty who was killed by the explosion. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler, eight, from Lucan, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Wendy who was 1 1/2 years old was with her pregnant mother Collette Doherty who was killed by the explosion. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler, eight, from Lucan, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Wendy who was 1 1/2 years old was with her pregnant mother Collette Doherty who was killed by the explosion. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Tyler Doherty, eight, who made his communion today, listens to his mother Wendy Doherty as she speaks to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Wendy who was 1 1/2 years old was with her pregnant mother Collette Doherty who was killed by the explosion. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Michelle O'Brien who lost her mother Ann Byrne in the bombings (left) accompanied by Wendy Doherty and her son Tyler, eight, from Lucan, as they attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny listens as author and historian Tim Pat Coogan speaks at a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wreaths have been laid at the site of one of three bombs which exploded 40 years ago today in the single worst day of atrocities in the Troubles.

Relatives of the dead and survivors of the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings gathered at a special memorial on Talbot Street in the Irish capital.

Among them were Tomassino Magliocco, who now lives in Italy and whose father Antonio died in a bomb on Parnell Street, and Iris Hall, whose father Archie Harper was killed in Monaghan.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny laid a wreath along with the members of the Justice for the Forgotten group which announced on Wednesday it is suing the British Government to get access to classified files they believe will confirm collusion in the bombings.

Thirty-three people were killed, including a pregnant woman, and almost 300 people injured in no-warning bombs, three in Dublin and one in Monaghan in the space of 90 minutes.

The Ulster Volunteer Force was blamed.

Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore increased pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron over files on the bombings on the back of the announcement of the lawsuit and called for information to be released.

A spokeswoman for Justice for the Forgotten said she hoped action would follow.

"The Tanaiste issued a strongly worded statement and restored funding for which we are very grateful," she said.

"For a long time we have been asking that the Taoiseach issue a statement, he has called in the parliament on the British to act but I think it's much more significant when they make a statement, and a public statement is significant.

"We hope it will be followed up by action by the British."

Justice for the Forgotten alleges some of the bombers were British agents and that security forces knew about the terror plot in advance.

Author and historian Tim Pat Coogan delivered an oration before a memorial mass was celebrated at the pro-Cathedral in nearby Marlborough Street by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.

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