Minister Flanagan meets Justice for the Forgotten15/5/15
Minister Flanagan meets Justice for the Forgotten on the eve of ceremonies to mark the 41st anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings
Speaking after his meeting this morning with the Pat Finucane Centre and the Justice for the Forgotten campaign to discuss the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and the Stormont House Agreement framework on Troubles-related deaths, Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said:
“I am glad to have had the opportunity today to meet with representatives of the Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten. It is particularly fitting that we should meet so close to the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings to discuss our collective efforts to encourage the British Government to allow access by an independent international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to the bombings. My thoughts today, as we approach the 41st anniversary of this atrocity, are very much with the Dublin and Monaghan families and with all families still awaiting information and justice in relation to Troubles-related deaths.
“Today we also had a useful exchange of views on the Stormont House Agreement provisions on dealing with the legacy of the past. The Agreement provides a unique opportunity to create a more effective framework to address legacy issues. It is absolutely vital that civil society voices, and especially those representing victims, survivors and their families, are heard as we work to build a new framework to deal with Troubles-related deaths. Full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement will be a key priority for me for the remainder of this year.
"I am also conscious that this week was an important one for the family of the late Pat Finucane as they pursued their case, through a judicial review, for an independent public inquiry into his murder. In line with the commitments given at Weston Park in 2001, the Government maintains its support for such an inquiry.
“My Department values greatly our strong connections to civil society groups across this island working to address aspects of the legacy of the Troubles and has a longstanding relationship with these two organisations with whom I was pleased to meet today.”
15 May 2015