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Hugh Watters, Dundalk, one of the victims of collusion involving the RUC. British Army/UDR and UVF killers.Jack Rooney, another Dundalk man to die in the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1976 - murdered by UVF killers in collusion with elements from the RUC and the British Army/UDR.





The Dundalk Democrat, 15 November 2006:

'We just want the truth'

New investigation into 1975 bombing

By Anne Marie Eaton

The families of those killed in the 1975 Dundalk bombings have said that a new investigation into the alleged collusion surrounding the deaths of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters may at last see the victims' families getting the apology they deserve.

Speaking after an historic meeting between PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde and an Oireachtas Committee, Jack Rooney's daughter Maura McKeever said she felt there was no other option but to set up a new investigation.

"I have to say Hugh Orde tried his best to avoid giving answers but he had to announce that the Historical Enquiries Team were setting up a new investigation."

Maura believes the recent publication of an independent report into 25 atrocities meant that the authorities were backed into a corner.

Maura also revealed that she almost never made it to the historic meeting in Leinster House as she along with other families were not notified.

"We found out by chance that the meeting was taking place and when we phoned on Thursday were told a letter was being sent out. None of us have received a letter since, if there ever was going to be a letter."

Maura said that some people are still insensitive to their search for the truth and their desire to follow proceedings every step of the way.

"We want the truth about the perpetrators and the role of the state to be found and made known."

( Pictured L-R) Margaret English (daughter of the late Hugh Watters) and Maura McKeever (daughter of the late Jack Rooney). standing at the Dundalk bombing memorial, outside the Town Hall, Crowe Street, Duundalk.In meeting with the families the panel found: "What happened long ago has not been forgotten or relegated to the past. Their wounds have not been healed. Their suffering has not been alleviated."

 The panel involved in the report's compilation examined 25 cases of suspected loyalist paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland during the period 1972 to 1977.

It said that in 24 of the 25 cases evidence suggested collusion between members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) or the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR)

On subsequent investigations the report states: "Both the original investigations and the later police investigations were deficient by any reasonable standard."

Maura McKeever said she hopes that the next report will bring about another historic event.

"I just want both governments to acknowledge our hurt, to admit to the collusion, to apologise and to ensure that it can never happen again." 

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See also:


Irish Times/, 6 November 2006: Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion

Irish American Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
2006-11-06 11:53:00.0 EST

BBC News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder Plots

Ulster Television News online, 6 November 2006: US academic shocked by report's findings

Belfast Telegraph, 7 November 2006 Collusion: PSNI team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends cold case team after international criticism

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: Shock report alleges high-level collusion Officials 'had information on 25 atrocities' RUC & Army 'helped loyalists carry out. . 74 MURDERS

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: So many victims

Irish Independent, 7 November 2006: Inquiry 'shocked' at RUC collusion

The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence found of British collusion in bombings

The Guardian, 7 November 2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'

The Irish News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into loyalist collusion.

Produced in association with the Ludlow Family.

Last edited: 19 November 2006 17:03:10

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Barron Report: on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, can also be downloaded in pdf form

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