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Thursday 14 November 2019

Call to release files on 1972 'loyalist' bombing that killed two teenagers

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

THE families of two teenagers killed in a bombing marked the 40th anniversary of their deaths by laying a wreath at a memorial at the site of the atrocity.

Sinn Fein Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghin O Caolain called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to release the files on the 'loyalist' car bombing of Belturbet, Co Cavan, on December 28, 1972, in which Geraldine O'Reilly (15) and Patrick Stanley (16) died.

The families have repeatedly asked for an inquiry. Mr O Caolain's call came after it emerged that a Freedom of Information request by RTE's 'This Week' programme was refused.

"It comes as a further disappointment to the bereaved families in their search for truth and justice that files on the Belturbet bombing and the related bombings in Clones, Co Monaghan, and Pettigo, Co Donegal, on the same day, should be withheld,'' he said.

Patrick Stanley, from Clara, Co Offaly, was working with a gas delivery lorry but had to stay overnight in Belturbet due to bad weather. He was calling his family from a phone box when the 100lb bomb went off.

Geraldine O'Reilly had gone into town to buy chips. She was a talented Irish dancer and her mother left her dancing costume hanging on her bedroom door for years following her death.

Irish Independent

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