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Dublin, Monaghan bombings: Wife of victim urges Varadkar to release 'secret files'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

The wife of a man killed in a loyalist bomb attack in Dublin has called for Leo Varadkar to release secret files on the atrocity.

Edward O'Neill died in May 1974 when the Ulster Volunteer Force exploded a bomb in Parnell Street.

He was among 33 people killed when a series of bombs exploded in Dublin and Monaghan on May 17 1974.

Martha O'Neill said there are secret documents held in the taoiseach's office which could help families get justice for their loved ones.

The files were left in the Taoiseach office by the McEntree Commission which investigated the Garda inquiry at the time.

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The devastation caused by the UVF bombing of Dublin’s Talbot Street in 1974

Ms O'Neill told the BBC: "I personally ask the taoiseach to consider this reasonable and fair request."

Her sons, Billy, then aged seven, an Eddie junior, aged five, were both badly injured in the attack but survived.

The boys had been with their father getting a haircut when the bomb went off.

Friday marks the 45th anniversary of the bombing, with relatives of those killed set to gathering in Dublin to mark it.

In the past relatives have used the anniversary to call on the British government to release classified security files on the atacks.

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