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Let's open all Troubles files: Irish president Michael D Higgins

By Brian Hutton

The Irish president has urged the British Government to open up secret files on one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles.

Denouncing as morally unacceptable attempts to encourage victims to forget the past, Michael D Higgins said more needed to be done in dealing with the fall-out of some horrific massacres.

The president said the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974 was one such case.

"A strategy of amnesia is simply not an option," he said.

President Higgins also said he hoped that the British Government could "find a way to respond positively" to a "measured and constructive proposal" to allow an international judge unfettered access to all of the official documents on the atrocity.

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