Please show your support by signing our guestbook. Click on the link below.

Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk


Relative's Message

Tragedy Recalled


Press Release

Campaign Links

25 Years On.

Alleged Collusion

Magill Magazine article Sept. 2002

27th Anniversary

Victims Fund Established

30th Anniversary

The Barron Report


Your Comments




Send us an e-mail


Search Allof


Jack Roney, victim of the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1975L-R: Pictured here are Margaret English and Maura McKeever, daughters of the murdered victims of the loyalist car bombing at the Kay's Tavern bar in Dundalk, 19 December 1975. Maura holds a copy of the Barron Report into this and other atrocities during the 1970s.Hugh Watters, victim of the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1975.

Gardaí Faced 'Brick Wall' In North Inquiry


John Downes

Garda efforts to investigate loyalist bombings in the

Republic in the 1970s frequently hit a "brick wall" once

their inquiries led them north of the Border, an Oireachtas

sub-committee heard yesterday.  

Retired Garda Sgt Owen Corrigan told the sub-committee on

the Barron report on the bombing of Kay's Tavern in Dundalk

in December 1975, that in one such instance, the initially

helpful attitude of a senior RUC Criminal Investigation

Department (CID) officer "changed completely".

This happened in February 1979 when Mr Corrigan and his

superior officer, retired Chief Supt John Courtney, sought

to meet an RUC constable in Belfast .

The constable was understood to have information about the

theft of the car used in the bombing of Kay's Tavern, but

the two gardaí were not permitted by the CID officer to

meet him.

Mr Courtney agreed with this. Gardaí had "no authority" to

go to the North to question individuals and were dependent

upon RUC co-operation, he said.

However he had passed information regarding the suspected

membership of RUC officers in the gang involved in many of

the murders on to Garda security and intelligence, known as


Both men agreed, in response to questioning from Senator

Jim Walsh (FF), that it was their belief that there was

collusion between British forces, the RUC and those

involved in the bombing.

Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy said any files requested by

Mr Justice Henry Barron had been given to him.


© The Irish Times