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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.

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Interim Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Kay's Tavern, Dundalk.

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights.

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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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Download the Barron Inquiry Report into the 17 May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, (pdf file)

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

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