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Memorial service for Dublin-Monaghan bombing victims 40 years on

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny attends a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny attends a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

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.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers said the Government had cooperated fully with inquiries into the atrocities, and added that she will continue to discuss the issue with her counterparts in the Irish Government.

“The Dublin-Monaghan bombings were horrific atrocities,” said Ms Villiers. “I offer my sincere sympathy to the families who lost loved ones as a result of these despicable acts and to the survivors of the bombings who carry mental and physical scars to this day.

“The passage of time does not lessen the pain and loss for those who lost loved ones to terrorism during the Troubles.

“There has been much investigation into the terrible events of forty years ago. The previous government cooperated fully with the Barron and McEntee inquiries held in the Republic of Ireland, and went to great lengths to provide what information it could.

“Since May 2010 both my predecessor and I have discussed this issue several times with counterparts in the Irish Government and I continue to do so.”

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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