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Daily Ireland, 5 July 2006:

Report expected today on Dundalk bombing

By David Lynch

An Irish government-backed report on a bomb attack that killed two people in Dundalk in the mid-1970s is expected to be published today.

The aftermath of the bombing of Kay's Tavern Bar, Crowe Street, Dundalk, in which two men lost their lives

The report will be published through the joint Oireachtas committee on justice.

Mr Justice Henry Barron's report will focus on the Dundalk bombing of 1975.

The report also contains references, in the form of appendices, to other incidents brought to the attention of the judge's inquiry, including bomb attacks in Castleblayney, Dublin Airport and Silverbridge and the July 31, 1975 Miami Showband murders.

Margaret Urwin, a spokeswoman for the victims group Justice for the Forgotten, told Daily Ireland: "We are very anxious to see what is contained in this report and we will be reading it with particular interest.

"We will be particularly reacting to its contents when we get to see the report."

Relatives of the victims of the bombings had believed that the report was to be published this Thursday.

Ms Urwin said some relatives were expected to be present today when the report is published, despite the short notice.

On December 19, 1975, a loyalist car bomb exploded on the street outside a public house in Dundalk, Co Louth, at 6.22pm.

Two men - 60-year-old Jack Rooney and 51-year-old Hughie Watters - died and 14 people were injured in the bombing.

The men died just a few hours before a deadly attack on Donnelly's bar, in nearby Silverbridge, Co Armagh, in which loyalists killed three men.

This incident is also expected to be mentioned in today's report.

On November 29, 1975, one person died in an explosion in toilets at the arrival lounge of Dublin Airport.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern received the new Barron report earlier this year.

Previous Barron reports have looked into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of the 1970s and the murder of Seamus Ludlow in 1976.

The joint Oireachtas committee on justice is expected to hold a press conference on the report this evening.

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Here is media coverage of the fourth Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing and other attacks: 

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

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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See early media reports of the Joint Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report 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, 29 November 2006: 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

The Irish Independent, 29 November 2006: British and loyalists 'colluded in bombing'

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 News, 30 November 2006: Families welcome collusion findings

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

The Irish Times, 30 November 2006:

The Irish Times, 30 November 2006: Remit: the atrocities covered

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?

'Authorities in the Republic should have been more vigorous to bring perpetrators to justice' Principal conclusions of the Inquiry

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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Download the Barron Report (pdf file) on the Dundalk bombing.

Download the International Report on Collusion from the Pat Finucane Centre website

Download the Oireachtas Report on the Dundalk bombing and other collusion attacks

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