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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Taoiseach backs up Shatter's apology on tribunal

Eamon Gilmore praised the role of Nelson Mandela in the Irish peace process
Eamon Gilmore praised the role of Nelson Mandela in the Irish peace process

Lise Hand and Niall O'Connor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has reiterated the Government's apology in light of what he described as the "shocking" findings of the Smithwick Tribunal.

Speaking in Tokyo, Mr Kenny said the findings represent a "revelation of another dark patch in Ireland's recent history".

He endorsed the apology by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on behalf of the Government "fully and without reservation", adding that he may meet with the families involved "if that's appropriate in due course".

Mr Kenny said he expected to meet with the families of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan – the two officers gunned down in an IRA ambush in south Armagh on March 22, 1989.

HURT

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore insisted that the Government would reflect on the deep hurt caused to the families.

He spoke emotively in the Dail about the manner in which the pair were murdered.

"I can't get out of my mind, the image of one of those men, injured, out of his car, waving his white handkerchief, being shot by an IRA activist," he said.

The garda force has been rocked by the findings of the report that unidentified members colluded with the Provisional IRA in the murder of two senior RUC officers following a cross-Border police meeting in Dundalk.

Irish Independent

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