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Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Victims' families in fresh appeal for files

Families of the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings have urged the British authorities to release files relating to the atrocity to coincide with Queen Elizabeth's visit.

They said her arrival in Ireland -- 37 years to the day after the car bombs ripped through busy streets killing 34 people and injuring hundreds -- was an opportunity for British Prime Minster David Cameron to make a genuine gesture of reconciliation by releasing the files, which were withheld by the British government when an investigation into the bombings took place in 2003.

"It's an extraordinary coincidence she is arriving on the day of the anniversary of May 17," said Margaret Urwin, a spokeswoman for Justice for the Forgotten.

"We have also written to the new Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore asking them for a meeting, which we hope could lead to an announcement on the day."

On May 17, 1974, three car bombs ripped through Dublin during rush hour, killing 27 people. A fourth bomb killed seven people in Monaghan.

Ms Urwin said yesterday that the British authorities had ignored repeated requests from former Taoisigh and an all-party motion requesting that the files be opened.

Belfast Telegraph