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The Argus (Dundalk), 12 July 2006:
Barron Report on Dundalk bombing
Guide to names listed by Inquiry
1John Weir was an RUC Sergeant and self-confessed member of the 'Glenanne group' who were all Loyalist subversives and members of the security forces in NI said to have used James Mitchell's farm as a base for their activities. Weir was convicted on charges relating to the murder of William Strathearn in 1977 and served 12 years in prison. Both during and after his imprisonment he made allegations of collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and certain members of the RUC and UDR. In a statement made in January, 1999 Weir said that the Silverbridge attack was "carried out in retaliation for the murder of RUC Reserve Constable, William Meeklim, who the group believed had been held at the bar after he had been kidnapped by the IRA. In relation to the Dundalk bomb he said "on the same night Robin Jackson led a gang which placed a bomb in Dundalk, south of the border . . . both attacks were co-ordinated".
2James Mitchell was a farmer who joined the RUC Reserve in September, 1974 and was stationed at Markethill, carrying out beat and patrol duties. He resigned from the force for personal reasons in July, 1977. On December 14th 1978 a search of his lands by the RUC and military personnel resulted in the discovery of two home made submachineguns, reels of cordtex, ammunition and related items.
3 The 'Glenanne Group' were Loyalist subversives and members of the security forces in NI who are said to have used James Mitchell's farm at Glenanne as a base.
4 William McCaughey an RUC Constable was arrested in 1978 and later sentenced to three years imprisonment for the kidnapping and false imprisonment of a Catholic priest, Fr Murphy and during the course of a seven-day detention he admitted his own involvement in a number of crimes and implicated others including some fellow police officers.
5 Robin Jackson from Lurgan was named by a CID detective in the North to Garda Inspector John Courtney as one of a group of 9 people who between 9.00 and 9.30 on 19th December, 1975 met at 'Harry's Bar' Banbridge where they celebrated some recent happening believed to be the bombing in Dundalk that night. Jackson was from Lurgan.
6 The Young Brothers, Joseph Stewart and Nelson both from Portadown were also named as being in 'Harry's Bar' that night.
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Download the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing from the Oireachtas website.
See 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 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
Daily Ireland, 13 July 2006: Justice Group seeks advice
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