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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 Nelson.

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,
Dublin 15,
Ireland.
 

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