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The Argus (Dundalk), 6 December 206:

Report of independent Commission of Inquiry into Dundalk bombing

'Authorities in the Republic should have been more vigorous to bring perpetrators to justice'

Principal conclusions of the Inquiry

The aftermath of the loyalist car bombing of Kay's Tavern, Crowe Street, Dundalk, December 1975, in which two men lost their lives.

One of the conclusions of the sub-committee that investigated the Dundalk bombing was that the authorities in the Republic could have been more vigorous in their attempts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators.

The main conclusions were:

1. More should have been done by this State to assist the victims and they should not have been left in a position where they legitimately felt that they had been forgotten about.

2. There is no doubt that collusion existed between the security forces and terrorists and "we are horrified the persons employed by the British administration to preserve peace and protect people were engaged in the creation of violence and the butchering of people."

3. Unless the full truth about collusion is established and those involved either admit or are fixed with the responsibility then there cannot be closure for the families. There is also the risk that what occurred in the 1970s can happen again and for that reason these matters cannot be swept under the carpet.

4. Given that there were acts of international terrorism that were colluded in by the British security forces, the British Government cannot legitimnately refuse to co-operate with attempts to get to the truth.

5. There was an inadequate response from the British cabinet to the information that the security forces had been infiltrated by terrorists and they permitted the problem to continue and grow.

6. Authorities in this jurisdiction at all levels could have been more vigorous in their attempts to identify and bring the perpetrators to justice. In saying this the sub-committee recognised that they were confronted by the non co-operation of the British authorities, instability of the times, and the threat posed to this State by certain organisations.

7. It is impossible to understand why documentation dealing with the the information supplied by the Irish Government to the British Government in August 1975 that four members of the RUC were also members of the UVF 'stopped dead in its tracks' on September 3rd, 1975 given the gravity of the issue. That fact that little or nothing was done to address this was, to put it mildly, alarming.

8. The assurance given by the the current head of the PSNI, Sir Hugh Orde that where collusion is found it will be pursued, but the saub-committee strongly urged the British proceed expeditiously with the establishment and work of the White Team in London to investigate collusion.

9. An Historical Inquiries team should be established in the Republic to investigate unsolved crimes like the Seamus Ludlow murder and the Dundalk bombing.

10. A full debate should be held both in the Dail and SEanad on the issue of collusion since it is necessary for there to be greater political impetus to highlight the fact that it occurred and to identify measures to bring closure to the victims.

11. The British have always reacted to these issues in a closed and drefensive manner with a natural instinct to defend the organisation or administration involved. There was therefore a need for officials to change the manner in which they think and act and to be more open about the past,

12. What occurred in Dundalk must, quite simply, never ever be allowed to happen again.

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See  early media reports from the dated 29 November 2006:

Britain 'Colluded Over Murders In Republic' 

and British security forces 'colluded in international terrorism'

See also the following report from Barron finds British collusion in attacks

The Argus (Dundalk), 29 November 2006: A high level of collusion found in Dundalk bombing

The Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2006: Ahern call for ‘collusion’ inquiry

Ulster Television News online, 29 November 2006:Green Party demand public inquiry

The Irish Examiner, 30 November 2006: Government backs report on collusion in North

The Irish Examiner, 30 November 2006: The nine attacks — a litany of terror and death

The Irish Examiner, 30 November 2006: ‘What we have heard today are things we have known for years’

The Irish Independent, 30 November 2006: British colluded in 'butchery'

The Irish Times, 30 November 2006: London must co-operate on collusion inquiries - Ahern

The Dundalk Democrat, 6 December 2006: Dundalk Bombings News Special: Reports by Anne Marie Eaton:

Taoiseach supports debate on collusion

Hope at last for victims families

Case gets attention it deserves

Truth must emerge

The Argus (Dundalk), 6 December 2006: News Special Report of Independent Commission of Inquiry into Dundalk Bombing

International Terrorism Can UK now legitimately refuse to co-operate with investigation in the light of 9/11 and London bomb?

A Culture of secrecy existed together with a grudging handing over of information

'Irish Govt. guilty of worse crime than bombers - they covered up'

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Here is media coverage of the fourth Barron Report:

The Irish News, 5 July 2006: "Relatives 'furious' over Barron report blunder

See also The Irish News online breaking news, 5 July 2006: Pub bombers 'treated better than victims' families'

See also: Oireachtas press release of 5 July 2006.

Daily Ireland, 6 July 2006: Blast victim’s relative hits out

The Irish Examiner, 6 July 2006: Loyalists had licence to kill Catholics, finds inquiry

The Irish Independent, 6 July 2006: Bombers 'treated better than victims'

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Relatives want 1975 bombing inquiry

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Horror lives on for bar owner

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Report points to RUC reservist's farm as base for UVF operations

The Irish News, 6 July 2006: Hope that collusion theories may be brought to surface

The Irish Times, 6 July 2006: 1970s bombing victims complain of official neglect

LMFM Radio online news report, 6 July 2006: Hearings into report on Dundalk bombing to begin in September

TOM News, 6 July 2006: Latest Barron Report Highlights Need for Ahern-Blair Summit on Collusion

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Taoiseach urged to call summit

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Barron inquiry typically leaves more questions than answers Conclusion of report into collusion allegations between loyalists and the British government is 'unsatisfactory'

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Families to discuss Barron report

Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006: Garda probe questions raised

The Irish News of the World, 9 July 2006: Showband massacre: shocking new report Former cop behind plot

The Newry Democrat, 11 July 2006: Collusion summit call

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Gardai expected bomb at Imperial

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Barron Report is a step closer to the truth

The Dundalk Democrat, 12 July 2006: Families will continue their campaign for justice

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Inquiry lists 19 suspects

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Members of RUC and UDR probably knew about plan to bomb Dundalk

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Guide to names listed by inquiry

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: My father and family have been let down by the government

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Authorities reluctance to admit mistakes cost families heartache

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006:Joint Committee likely to hold series of hearings in autumn

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006: Sharp differences over fingermarks evidence

The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006:Questions that still need answers

Daily Ireland, 13 July 2006: Justice Group seeks advice

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