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Relative of de Valera to back victims' Dail protest

By Angela Rainey

A distant relative of Eamon de Valera is to back a protest in Dublin by victims' campaigners aimed at raising awareness of historical murders committed by the IRA.

Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR) is planning to gather outside the Dail on November 4.

The group has enlisted Jonathan Ganesh, a relative of De Valera, who was injured in the 1996 Docklands bomb.

Mr Ganesh was working as a security guard when the bomb exploded.

De Valera's mother was Mr Ganesh's grandmother's sister

Campaigner Willie Frazer said the protest aims to highlight to the Irish government deaths caused by the IRA during the Troubles, with the aim of bringing the killers to justice.

The organisation said it is waiting for Garda to give the green light for the protest but urged the Irish government to step up and "take an interest in joint justice".

Mr Frazer claims the Irish government has "refused to extradite" some of those responsible for killings in Northern Ireland.

He said: "At the present time we are not divulging full details until we meet with the Garda again to finalise the arrangements, but as of today the Irish government will have to co-operate or indeed respond to ourselves.

"The only thing we have heard from the Irish government is joint authority - it seems to me there is no interest in joint justice."

Mr Frazer added: "We are open to suggestions of what the right course would be."

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