25 Years On.
Magill Magazine article Sept. 2002
Victims Fund Established
Truth may never be known
This press release, dated 13 June 2000, was issued by
Margaret Urwin, Secretary of Justice for the Forgotten, on behalf of the
Dublin victims' families as well as the relatives of Jack Rooney, Hughie Watters
and Seamus Ludlow.
As families of victims of unsolved murders in
this State related to the Northern conflict, we welcome the Taoiseach's call for
an independent public inquiry into the murder of Portadown man, Robert Hamill.
We also welcome his support for the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and his call for
inquiries into the murders of Human Rights lawyers, Pat Finucane and Rosemary
Additionally, we welcome the remarks of former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds,
supporting Mr. Ahern's call for the public inquiry into Robert Hamill's death.
During an interview on 'Morning Ireland' on RTE on Thursday, 8th June, he
expressed concern that no inquest was to be held. We welcome his support for a
process of public accountability that is open and transparent.
However, their calls for public inquiries into atrocities committed outside this
jurisdiction ring rather hollow when compared with their continued reluctance to
hold public inquiries in this jurisdiction into the murders of our loved ones
who died in equally tragic and controversial circumstances.
Mr. Reynolds' expression of concern into the failure to hold an inquest in the
Robert Hamill case might carry more conviction if he was to express equal
concern at the failure of this State to conclude inquests in the cases of the
Dublin bombings of 1972, 1973 and 1974.
We ask that journalists, in future, would challenge the Taoiseach and all
politicians who express support for inquiries outside this jurisdiction to
account for the glaring anomaly of their failure to address the demands of
victims in this State.
Tim Grace & Michelle O'Brien,
Justice for the Forgotten
(Dublin & Monaghan Bombings 1974)
Paddy Duffy, Matthew Bradshaw & Margaret Hynes
(Families of victims of 1972/73 Dublin Bombings)
Maura McKeever & Margaret English
(Families of victims of 1975 Dundalk Bombing)
Kevin Ludlow & Jimmy Sharkey
(Family of Seamus Ludlow)
PO Box 6790,
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