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Why is British Government not being pursued to the fullest in relation to Dublin and Monaghan bombings?

letter of the day: SEARCH of justice

Published 26/05/2016

I welcome the statement by the Republic's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, at the ceremony commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings that he would press the British Government to grant access to all documents pertaining to the bombings, which killed 33 people and injured more than 300 (News, May 17).

Mr Flanagan said the British Government must accept that an independent international judicial investigation will be imperative to ensure the families and victims have access to the truth of what happened that day. However, I believe this is more spin than substance.

In 2011 Mr Flanagan called for the expulsion of the papal nuncio over his alleged interference in Ireland's sovereign affairs. Mr Flanagan said if any foreign government conspired to break the law in this State it would have its ambassador expelled.

Mr Flanagan also said the behaviour of the Vatican in regard to the revelations carried in the Cloyne Report amounted to the concealment of a crime.

Following the publication of the final report of the Commission of Investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, it was established that files which may be of assistance in identifying those responsible for these bombings were in the possession of the British Government. Despite repeated calls for these files to be released, the British Government has refused.

Surely, this also is the concealment of a crime? No call to expel the British ambassador to Dublin, nor any moves to recall Ireland's ambassador to London. Why?

Surely, if we are to be consistent in applying principles of justice and fairness, then all wrongdoing must be exposed and those responsible made accountable.

The pursuit of truth and justice is the highest obligation and duty of society and if the relationship between our two states is to prosper into the future, it must be strong enough to confront and reconcile the past. A friendship cannot be based on compromised justice.

TOM COOPER

Chairperson, Irish National Congress

Dublin

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