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The Examiner (Newry and south Armagh), 18 July 2006:

Report highlights need for truth on collusion issue

Newry and Mourne District Councillor Jimmy McCreesh has said the latest report from Judge Barron on bombings carried out by loyalist paramilitaries with the collusion of British crown forces highlights the need for a special summit meeting between the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair exclusively on the issue of collusion.

The Fews area Councillor who himself was injured in one such deadly attack in 1975 where three people were killed said: "The latest Report from Judge Barron reinforces the case that the Mid-Ulster UVF which was responsible for the fatal bombings at Dublin, Monaghan, Dundalk, Castleblayney and other attacks acted in collusion with British crown forces.

"The Report again highlights the fact that the Mitchell farm at Glenanne, County Armagh, was the UVF base for attacks, that members of the RUC and UDR were members of the gang and the British crown forces at higher level were well aware of what was going on there."

Councillor McCreesh stated that Judge Barron pointed out that, once again, the British authorities gave minimal co-operation to his Inquiry.

"This emphasises the ned for a special summit meeting on collusion to be demanded of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair by the Taoiseach" said the Sinn Fein Councillor who concluded by saying: "The Taoiseach should press the British Prime Minister to require the British crown forces to co-operate fully with the hearings that will be held by the Oireachtas Committee considering the Barron Report, including attending the hearings in Dublin. Nothing less is acceptable."

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Here is media coverage of the fourth Barron Report on thre Dundalk bombing and other loyalist atrocities:

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'

Daily Ireland, 5 July 2006: Report expected today on Dundalk bombing

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 coverage of the publication of the joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice report on the Dundalk bombing and other attacks 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 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 Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: Brits did help kill eighteen civilians Thatcher knew of collusion says report into atrocities

The Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: Massacre of the innocents

The Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: (Editorial) Collusion: The truth

The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Butchered by the British Oireachtas report finds damning evidence of collusion between UK security forces and loyalist terrorists in string of atrocities Now British must tell us full truth Taoiseach: Report is 'a matter of most serious concern'

The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Dundalk pub bomb horror

The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Comment: Britain must own up to its role in dirty war

The Irish Daily Star, 30 November 2006: Brits colluded with loyalists in terror reign Justice committee's damning report into murders

The Irish Daily Star, 30 November 2006 (Editorial Comment): Tell us the truth

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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