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Maura Fay, 85, from Artane, Dublin touches the name of her late husband Patrick on the memorial on Talbot Street to the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan Bombings. Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Dublin Monaghan

Court dismisses Dublin Monaghan bombings claim

Victims initiated claim of human rights breaches two years ago.

THE HIGH COURT HAS DISMISSED a claim by survivors of the 1974 Dublin Monaghan bombings against the State over an investigation into the attacks.

The Justice for the Forgotten group began the challenge two years ago, claiming that the investigating commission’s failure to report on one of its terms of reference constituted a breach of human rights.

RTÉ reports that the term of reference referred to relates to a garda investigation into a man who stayed in Dublin city around the time of the bombing and his links to the paramilitary group, the UVF.

The judge ruled that the complaints were “not justiciable” because they related to events which occurred almost 30 years before the European Convention on Human Rights came into force in 2003.

Justice Mary Laffoy also ruled that the Taoiseach is bound by the prohibition on disclosure of the commission’s archives until 30 years after the dissolution of the commission.

No one has been prosecuted for the bombings which killed 34 people, including an unborn baby, in Dublin and Monaghan on 17 May, 1974.