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Minister represents government at Dublin-Monaghan bombings anniversary

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, Ireland, 2017

 

Minister Flanagan lays wreath on behalf of the Government to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings 

- Government is determined to continue and complete efforts to seek the truth
- Imperative to move forward with the Stormont House legacy framework

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today represented the Government at a commemorative ceremony on Talbot Street in Dublin marking the 43rd anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.

The Minister laid a wreath on behalf of the Government.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Flanagan said:

“I want to convey, on behalf of the Government, sincere condolences to each family who lost a loved one, and to all of those who were injured in the appalling attacks on 17 May 1974.

“We will never forget the 33 people who lost their lives that day - the highest number of deaths on any single day of the Troubles - and the more than 300 hundred people seriously injured. We stand in solidarity with all who have suffered in the long years since that day of shocking violence on our streets in Dublin and in Monaghan.”

“I know that the pain of families and of survivors continues to endure. That pain is compounded by the absence - after more than four decades - of the full truth of what happened. My Government colleagues and I are determined to continue, and to complete, our efforts to seek the truth of those awful events.

“Every year that passes, we must renew our determination to establish the truth and so secure some measure of comfort for all who have suffered.

“Last year, all parties in the Dáil unanimously supported a third Motion on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, as well as the Dublin bombings of 1972 and 1973, the bombing of Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk and the murder of Seamus Ludlow. This reiterates the call on the British Government to allow access by an independent, international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to these appalling events.

“The Taoiseach and I have pursued this request vigorously over the last twelve months, reflecting the commitment in our Programme for Government. We will continue to do so, proactively and at the highest level, including with the next British Government, so that the questions around the attacks will finally be answered.

“The violence and suffering of the Troubles touched all parts of this island and beyond. The Government is determined to achieve the establishment of the institutions for dealing with the legacy of the past that were agreed as part of the Stormont House Agreement in 2014. This is long overdue to victims and survivors of the Troubles.

“In the discussions at Stormont with the British Government and the political parties in recent months, I have strongly emphasised the imperative of moving forward with the Stormont House legacy framework. When these discussions resume next month, I will continue to press for a definitive way forward and the urgent establishment of the legacy bodies.

“Dealing effectively with the legacy of the past is one tangible way of honouring the memory of all those killed and injured in the dark days of the Troubles, including those victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings who are foremost in our thoughts today.

“As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish Government is dedicated to upholding its principles and to protecting its institutions. We have a duty to support the consolidation of peace in Northern Ireland and ensure that we never return to the days of violence on this island which destroyed so many lives. As Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, I take that solemn duty most seriously.

“My Government colleagues and I are committed also to securing a deeper reconciliation between all communities and traditions. In doing so, we must fulfil our obligations to all victims and survivors. I reaffirm today the Government’s commitment to achieving that with urgency and determination.”

ENDS
Press Office
17 May 2017

 

Minister Flanagan's full statement is available here.