|The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006:
Evidence found of British
collusion in bombings
A panel of international
investigators has revealed strong evidence of British Government
collusion in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
For two years, investigators have been examining 25 separate
incidents involving the murders of 76 people which occurred
north and south of the Border during the Troubles.
They have concluded that members of the security forces — the
former RUC and now defunct UDR — actively colluded with the
loyalist UVF in dozens of sectarian murders of Catholics.
It will also be claimed that the British Government chose to
ignore evidence of this from the early 1970s.
Investigators discovered that senior RUC members were reported
as being “extremely close” to loyalist paramilitaries in
1975. But the warnings were ignored.
In 24 of the 25 cases probed, the panel found evidence of
security forces’ collusion and recommended a public
investigation be established by the British Government to
examine the murders.
The panel released their findings in Belfast yesterday and the
conclusions will also be discussed at a conference in Dublin
“As early as 1973, senior officials of the United Kingdom were
put on notice of the danger — and indeed some of the facts —
of sectarian violence by UDR soldiers using stolen UDR weapons
and ammunition, and supported by UDR training and
information,” part of the report stated.
“At least by 1975, senior officials were also informed that
some RUC police officers were ‘very close’ to extremist
Thirty-three people were killed in the May 1974 Dublin-Monaghan
The British Government has refused to release files on the
atrocities to the Irish Government.
Relatives of victims will give a response to the findings at a
conference in Dublin this morning.
One case in which the panel determined collusion between the
security forces and loyalist murder gangs was the July 1975
Miami Showband Massacre, when three of the band’s musicians
were shot dead by a gang which included members of the UVF and
During its two-year investigation, initiated at the behest of
the Pat Finucane Centre, investigators talked to PSNI Chief
Constable Hugh Orde, two members of the loyalist gang who
carried out some of the killings and relatives of the victims.
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OF THE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PANEL
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Times/ireland.com, 6 November 2006: Garda
Castigated In Report On North Collusion
Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC
APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
2006-11-06 11:53:00.0 EST
News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder
Television News online, 6 November 2006: US
academic shocked by report's findings
Telegraph, 7 November
2006 Collusion: PSNI
team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends
cold case team after international criticism
Independent, 7 November 2006: Inquiry
'shocked' at RUC collusion
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
Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence
found of British collusion in bombings
The Guardian, 7 November
2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'
Irish-American Information Service, 7 November 2006: PRESSURE
ON BRITISH TO INVESTIGATE COLLUSION EVIDENCE
The Irish News,
7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into
Democrat, 15 November 2006:'We
just want the truth' New
investigation into 1975 bombing
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