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Alleged Collusion

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"We have waited a very long time just to get this far. It's not over yet. We will keep going until there is justice" 

- Maura McKeever, daughter of the late Jack Rooney

Photograph:The late Mr. Jack Rooney, a council worker, aged 60, who was murdered by the loyalist bombing of Dundalk, 19 December 1975. Seamus Ludlow (47), Thistlecross, Mountpleasant, who was shot dead by Loyalists near Dundalk on 2 May 1976. Photograph: The late Mr. Hugh Watters, a self-employed tailor, aged 60, who was murdered by the loyalist bombing of Dundalk, 19 December 1975.


"My father led a quiet life, but I will speak out for justice for him."

- Margaret English, daughter of the late Hugh Watters.

 The Argus, 6 February 2008:

Dail debate on collusion factor in 1975 Crowe Street bombing

Implement Barron report say families

The families of two Dundalk men killed when a bomb exploded in Crowe Street in December 1975 were in the Dail last week to hear statements on collusion between those who carried out atrocities and the Northern Ireland security forces. They were among 50 people, including relatives of the victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings and other murder victims, who crowded into the gallery for the debate.

'Some of the speakers were very good but we are still waiting for the British government to provide us with files relating to the case', says Maura McKever, whose father Jack Rooney was killed when a bomb exploded outside Kay's Tavern on Friday 19th December 1975. She expressed  disappointment that the full debate hadn't taken place but hoped that a strong motion in support of the families will issue when the question of collusion is debated in the Seanad. 'We want the recommendations which were made in the Barron Report to be implemented.'

Margaret Urwin from Justice for the Forgotten said the British government must make available evidence which could help solve some murders.

'We believe the British government knows that it has to deal with the legacy of the past,' she said.

 Maura McKeever, daughter of murder victim Jack Rooney,  is at left in this photograph of the recent unveiling of a memorial to the victims of the Dundalk bombing. At right is Margaret Enlish, daughter of the murdered Hugh Watters. Photograph from The Dundalk Democrat, 26 December 2007.

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The Argus, 6 February 2008:

'State failed' the victims

Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern told the Dail that 'death and suffering visited my home town of Dundalk. I remember it as a teenager and in my 20s. The bombing of Kay's Tavern just before Christmas 1975 and the murder of Seamus Ludlow barely six months later are still remembered across the community. In particular their families remember. I have seen their grief, their loss, and heard their demand that society listen to and recognise the families' experiences. The State failed them.'

He recalled that the previous Government at his request included the Dundalk bombing as part of the Barron remit, and he hoped the work of the committee would give the families the comfort they deserve.

'We can never bring back what they have lost, but we can show solidarity with all those who suffered loss as a result of the conflict.'

He paid tribute to to Deputy Sean Adagh, and to all the members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights, who meticulously advanced the work of Mr Justice Barron and Mr MacEntee.

They heard testimony from those whose lives were dramatically impacted by violence.

'The findings of the Oireachtas committee that collusion occurred and that it was widespread are of the utmost seriousness,' he continued, adding that reports of the Oireachtas committee were brought to the attention of the British Government.'

'Its response to date has been inadequare and unsatisfactory. We continue to stress to the British Government the absolute importance of coperation in this area.'

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Produced in association with the Ludlow Family.

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Barron Report: on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, can also be downloaded in pdf form

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