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The Irish News, 8 February 2007:
Collusion: families meet Ahern
By Bimpe Fatogun
Families affected by collusion on both sides of the border met Taoiseach Bertie Ahern yesterday to urge him to press the British government to "come clean".
Relatives of members of the Miami Showband and those killed in the 1975 Dundalk and Silverbridge bomb and gun attacks made the trip. They were joined by the Reavey and O'Dowd families who each lost three members in early 1976 and relatives of those killed in bombings on Castleblayney and in Keady, south Armagh, the same year.
It has been alleged that these and many other attacks in that decade in the so-called 'murder triangle' were carried out by a gang based at the farm of a former RUC officer in Armagh. The gang of Portadown loyalists have been linked to members of the RUC Special Patrol Group and UDR members working with army intelligence.
The final report by the Dail committee found: "There is evidence tending to show that there was a period of time in which there was significant state collusion which was not limited to what might be referred to as foot soldiers, bad apples or the occasional wayward RUC officer or UDR member.
"The sub-committee expresses its outrage that acts of international terrorism could have been colluded in by all levels of the British administration."
Among the delegation was Alan Brecknell whose father was killed in a gun and bomb attack by the gang. He said the group would press Mr Ahern to ensure that Prime Minister Tony Blair "comes clean" on collusion.
See also: Online news report from UTV: Ahern calls for collusion closure
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