bombers who blew up a Dundalk pub in 1975 were treated better than the
victims’ families, a relative said.
Oireachtas committee yesterday published a 200-page interim report on the
no-warning blast at Kay’s Tavern in the Co Louth town.
60-year-old tailor Hugh Watters and the 62-year-old lorry driver Jack
Rooney were killed and 20 people were injured after a car bomb detonated
on Crowe Street. No one has been convicted of the bombing.
Mr Watters’ daughter Margaret English told the launch of the report in
Leinster House that the Southern state had neglected the victims’
like to say that the victims were shown very little respect over the
the bombers were treated better than we were. It is absolutely disgusting
that citizens of the state were treated in this way,” she said.
Mrs English said her family had held an event at the scene last December
to mark the 30th anniversary of the bombing.
held at 6.22pm, the time when Daddy died, but the gardaí wouldn’t even
stop the traffic for us,” she said.
committee chairman Seán Ardagh assured the families that they would get
ample opportunity to express their frustrations at parliamentary hearings
on the interim report in late September.
report was based on the findings of Mr Justice Henry Barron.
said: “By their [British security forces’] attitudes towards loyalist
violence and towards violent members of their own forces, some senior
members allowed a climate to develop in which loyalist subversives could
believe that they could attack with impunity. However, there is no
evidence that senior members of the security forces were involved in any
way in the bombing.”