A judge has told two families that a report on the murders of their
relatives in the 1975 Dundalk bombing will be published in the new year.
Justice Henry Barron, the lone member of a private inquiry into the
bombing, met relatives of Hugh Watters and Jack Rooney in Dundalk yesterday
The two men, both in their 60s, were killed when a loyalist car bomb
exploded outside Kay's Tavern on Crowe Street in the town on December 19
1975. Several more people suffered serious injuries in the blast.
Mr Rooney's daughter Maura McKeever yesterday said that relatives had
originally hoped that Justice Barron's report would be published before the
end of the year.
She said that during the meeting the judge sought clarification on a
number of points from the family, while relatives sought information on the
availability of forensic evidence during his investigation.
Ms McKeever repeated her plea to the government for a full public inquiry
into the bombing.