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The Irish News, 30 November 2006:
Families welcome collusion findings
By Valerie Robinson
An Oireachtas committee has found that British forces colluded with loyalists to carry out a series of gun and bomb attacks in the Republic.
Victims' families last night welcomed the findings contained in the committee's report but expressed disappointment that it had fallen short of ordering a full public inquiry into the killings.
The so-called Glenanne Gang, which contained UDR and RUC members, is believed to have been behind most of the UVF attacks covered in the report.
The attacks looked at by the committee include the bombing of Kay's Tavern in Dundalk, Dublin Airport, the Three Star Inn in Castleblayney, and an attack on the Miami Showband.
The committee found "the spectre of collusion" in the cases.
Maura McKeever, whose father Jack Rooney was among two men killed in the 1975 Dundalk bombing, said: "Although the committee did a great job, we're still convinced that a public inquiry is necessary to get at the full truth."
Alan Brecknell, a researcher for the Pat Finucane Centre whose father Trevor died in a gun and bomb attack on Donnelly's Bar in Silverbridge, Co Armagh, called on secretary of state Peter Hain to "release the documents which to date have been withheld from the Irish Government, NGOs and families"
"It's time to come clean on the links between the northern security forces and loyalist paramilitaries," he added.
Oireachtas committee chairman Sean Ardagh last night said members had been left in "no doubt" that "widespread" collusion had taken place in a series of attacks in the Republic in the 1970s.
Their findings were based on public hearings on the fourth report by Justice Henry Barron on murderous attacks by loyalist paramilitaries three decades ago.
Official British Army documents from London's National Archive suggesting between five per cent and 15 per cent of the UDR were also loyalist patramilitaries formed part of the bulk of evidence reviewed by the committee.
Details of the documents' contents was revealed by The Irish News earlier this year.
Mr Ardagh said the committee was convinced that collusion had taken place in "many if not all of the atrocities" investigated in the final Barron report.
"We are horrified that persons who were employed by the British administration to preserve peace and to protect people were engaged in the creation of violence and the butchering of innocent victims," he said.
"The committee believes that unless the full truth about collusion is established, and those involved either admit or are fixed with responsibility then there cannot be closure for the families."
The committee also concluded that the state should have done more to assist the victims of atrocities during the Troubles.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said he had been in contact with the British government, adding it was "essential" that it examines the report findings and cooperates with "all investigations into the serious issues that have arisen".
He said that the attacks had taken place in a "dark and tragic period of the history of this island", adding that the findings of the latest report were "deeply troubling" and painted "a very disturbing picture".
He supported a call by the Oireachtas committee for a full debate in the Dail and Seanad on collusion, adding that he planned to meet a group representing victims and survivors of the Miami Showband killings today.
Download the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing from the Oireachtas website.
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See early media reports from the http://www.breakingnews.ie/ dated 29 November 2006:
See also the following report from ireland.com: 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 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 Times, 30 November 2006: London must co-operate on collusion inquiries - Ahern
The Dundalk Democrat, 6 December 2006: Dundalk Bombings News Special: Reports by Anne Marie Eaton:
The Argus (Dundalk), 6 December 2006: News Special Report of Independent Commission of Inquiry into Dundalk Bombing
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Here is media coverage of the fourth Barron Report:
The Irish News, 5 July 2006: "Relatives 'furious' over Barron report blunder
See also The Irish News online breaking news, 5 July 2006: Pub bombers 'treated better than victims' families'
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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