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19 October 2000 Edition

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Full cross-border public inquiry must be held

Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, attending the launch of the book The Dublin and Monaghan Bombings by Don Mullan, called for a full cross-jurisdictional public inquiry into the bombings. He also called for inquiries into other attacks in the 26 Counties between 1972 and 1976 where there is evidence of the involvement of British armed forces. He said:

``The survivors and the bereaved of Dublin and Monaghan must have a full public inquiry with power to call witnesses from both sides of the border. They deserve nothing less.

``Don Mullan's book raises very serious questions for successive Dublin governments and for the gardai. The full extent of their knowledge of the role of British intelligence in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings has yet to be revealed. The victims of Dublin and Monaghan, like the victims of other tragedies perpetrated or sponsored by British state forces have been consistently denied the truth.

``There also need to be public inquiries into other fatal incidents in the period 1972 to 1976. These include: the Dublin bombing of December 1972 (2 killed); the Dublin bombing of January 1973 (1 killed); the killing of John Francis Green, Castleblayney, January 1975; the Dundalk bombing of December 1975 (2 killed); the Castleblayney bombing of March 1976 (1 killed); the killing of Seamus Ludlow, Louth 1976.

``In all of these cases there needs to be an investigation into the role of British forces, into the true nature of contacts between the gardai and British intelligence in that period and into the role of successive Dublin governments.''
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