Two men killed
in the 1975 Dundalk bombing are to be honoured today (Wednesday) when a
memorial is unveiled by their families in the Co Louth town on the 32nd
anniversary of their murders.
Rooney and tailor Hugh Watters, both in their sixties, were killed when a
car bomb exploded outside Kay's Tavern on Crowe Street, Dundalk on December
daughter Maura McKeever said that the bronze and stainless steel memorial
would be a celebration of the men's lives, depicting aspects of their
professions, rather than concentrating on the violent manner of their
going to be a sad occasion but it will also be happy in that it will help us
to remember the men they were," she said.
councillor Jim Darcy will conduct the unveiling, which will be witnessed by
the dead men's families as well as a number of people killed in the loyalist
said the families looked forward to the Dail and Seanad debates in the new
year on security forces collusion but remained convinced that greater
cooperation was needed from the British authorities to move the matter
them to admit that collusion occurred. The British government has always
said that the problem only involved a few bad apples but we know that wasn't
the case," she said.
welcomed last month's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that
allegations of security force collusion in a series of loyalist murders in
the 1970s were not properly investigated.
The report by
Mr Justice Henry Barron had previously said there was a "high
probability of collusion between loyalists and security forces",
although the allegations had been impossible to prove.
an Oireachtas committee disappointed relatives by falling short of ordering
a full public inquiry into the killings.
Glennane gang, which was made up of UDR and RUC members, is believed to have
been behind most of the UVF attacks covered in both reports