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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C
# Anniversary
The British government still has unreleased files on Ireland's worst terrorist attack
34 people lost their lives in the coordinated attack 41 years ago.

SINN FÉIN AND and Fianna Fáil have called on the British government to release documents about the 1974 Dublin Monaghan Bombings.

Speaking on the 41st anniversary of the event today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin’s Seán Crowe, have said that it is necessary for closure to be delivered to the relatives of those killed in the bombings.

On 17 May 1974, a series of car bombs killed 34 people in Dublin city centre and Monaghan town with around 300 others injured.

Dublin Monaghan Bombings 832 copy Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Minister for State Aodhan O Riordain laying a wreath at the memorial for the victims today Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

The attack was carried out by loyalist paramilitaries, with the UVF claiming it in 1993, and is the biggest terrorist attack in the history of the Irish State.

Speaking about the anniversary, Martin said, “Releasing all files pertaining to the Dublin Monaghan Bombings will help the victims and relatives of those who lost their lives to find the justice that has eluded them for decades.”

Releasing these files to an independent judicial figure is the fairest way to deal with this legacy issue.

Dublin Monaghan Bombings789 copy Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Wendy and Tyler Doherty, who lost their mother and grandmother Collette in the attacks Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Seán Crowe, a member of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, said, “the British Government maintains its public position of denial and continues to refuse to release any files or information they have on these brutal bombings.”

“Next week I will again be raising the issue with the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Dáil and calling on the government to place the upmost pressure on the new British administration to release their files on Dublin and Monaghan,” he went on.

On their upcoming Innocence and Experience tour U2 are set to draw attention to unresolved issues surrounding the event by showing pictures of its aftermath. Their song ‘Raised by Wolves’ is about the day.

Read: “This house is unanimous in its message to the British Government” – Parties unite on bombing files

Also: Higgins calls on UK government to allow access to Dublin-Monaghan bombing files

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