Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk
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Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006:
BY DAVID LYNCH
Daily Ireland has learned that the Justice for the Forgotten group will consult its legal team today before publishing a full reply to the report.
"We are going to take legal advice before we proceed and we want time to make a comprehensive response," Margaret Urwin, a spokeswoman for the group, told Daily Ireland.
"However, speaking personally, after reading the report, I can say that I am not happy with it."
The report was based on the findings of Mr Justice Henry Barron.
The judge said in his report that the actions of the Northern security forces had allowed a climate to develop in which loyalists believed they could attack Catholics "with impunity".
"By their [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," he said. The judge's report focuses on the Dundalk bombing of December 19, 1975 in which two men died. A loyalist car bomb exploded on the street outside the pub Kay's Tavern. The local men Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters were killed and 14 people were injured as a result.
The report also contains references, in the form of appendices, to other incidents that were brought to the attention of the inquiry, including bombings in Castleblayney, Dublin Airport and Silverbridge in Co Armagh and the 1975 Miami Showband murders.
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Download the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing from the Oireachtas website.
See the Irish News: "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.
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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
The Irish News of the World, 9 July 2006: Showband massacre: shocking new report Former cop behind plot
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