Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk
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Faced 'Brick Wall' In North Inquiry
efforts to investigate loyalist bombings in the
in the 1970s frequently hit a "brick wall" once
inquiries led them north of the Border, an Oireachtas
Garda Sgt Owen Corrigan told the sub-committee on
Barron report on the bombing of Kay's Tavern in
December 1975, that in one such instance, the initially
attitude of a senior RUC Criminal Investigation
(CID) officer "changed completely".
happened in February 1979 when Mr Corrigan and his
officer, retired Chief Supt John Courtney, sought
meet an RUC constable in
constable was understood to have information about the
of the car used in the bombing of Kay's Tavern, but
two gardaí were not permitted by the CID officer to
Courtney agreed with this. Gardaí had "no authority" to
to the North to question individuals and were dependent
RUC co-operation, he said.
he had passed information regarding the suspected
of RUC officers in the gang involved in many of
murders on to Garda security and intelligence, known as
men agreed, in response to questioning from Senator
Walsh (FF), that it was their belief that there was
between British forces, the RUC and those
in the bombing.
Commissioner Noel Conroy said any files requested by
Justice Henry Barron had been given to him.
The Irish Times