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Daily Ireland, 7 July 2006:

Families to discuss Barron report


Margaret English and Maura McKeever, daughters of the two men murdered in the loyalist bombing of Kay's Tavern Crowe Street, Dundalk, in 1975, are seen here after receiving the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing. Families of those killed in the 1975 Dundalk bombing and other attacks will meet their lawyers today to discuss the latest Barron report.

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.

This document is in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded from the link below.

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: "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

The Irish News of the World, 9 July 2006: Showband massacre: shocking new report Former cop behind plot

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Last edited: 13 July 2006 17:00:06

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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

Download the Barron Report into the murder of Seamus Ludlow from the Oireachtas website (pdf file)

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