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Republic of Ireland has questions to answer over the IRA

INNOCENT Victims United supports the principle of consistency, so in this regard we acknowledge that the families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombing victims have a fundamental right to pursue justice and truth for the loss of their loved ones, murdered in unjustifiable terrorist outrages.

However, what we also support is the principle of equality and we expect the same from others. Families throughout our constituency, whose loved ones were murdered as a consequence of terrorism, are looking at the stance being taken by Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny and are asking: when is the Republic going to come forward and provide full disclosure around the state's activities in facilitating the birth of the Provisional IRA?

Furthermore, when is that state going to acknowledge that, because of the inept security and extradition policies it presided over, the cause of terrorism was actively facilitated?

The Republic's administration must prove within weeks that it does not attach a 'hierarchy of importance' to the plight of those seeking justice and truth.

The "tea and buns and sympathy" have been had. What families whose loved ones were lost to terrorism now demand is to be treated with respect and provided with answers and accountability. The Republic's administration may not have directly pulled triggers, or detonated bombs, but their approach meant that others could.

KENNY DONALDSON

Innocent Victims United

Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh

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