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Hague insists legal issues block opening of files

BRITISH Foreign Secretary William Hague dashed the hopes of survivors of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings last night by saying there were "legal technicalities" preventing the release of secret intelligence files.

The 'Justice for the Forgotten' group said the queen's visit had given the British government a 'golden opportunity' to make all its files available.

At a news conference in Dublin Castle, he repeated the justification used by the British in recent years.

"I tend to almost always favour transparency and openness in government, including about the past, but there are legal constraints," he said.

There have been allegations that British agents were involved with loyalist paramilitaries in the 1974 bombings in which 33 people were killed.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pledged to raise the issue of the files when he meets British Prime Minister David Cameron today.

Irish Independent