Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk
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"We have waited a very long time just to get this far. It's not over yet. We will keep going until there is justice"
- Maura McKeever, daughter of the late Jack Rooney
Press Release - For Immediate release -Families to meet Taoiseach
Wednesday February 7 2007
A number of families affected by collusion on both sides of the border are set to meet Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern TD at Government Buildings, Dublin at 1.45 today. Those meeting the Taoiseach include relatives of members of the Miami Showband, the 1975 Dundalk and Silverbridge bomb and gun attacks, members of the Reavey and O'Dowd families who each lost three family members in early 1976 and relatives of those killed in bomb attacks in Castleblaney and in Keady, S. Armagh in 1976. These and many other attacks in the 1970s in the Murder Triangle were carried out by a gang based at the farm of former RUC man James Mitchell in Glenanne, Armagh. The gang was made up of Portadown loyalists, members of the RUC Special Patrol Group and UDR members linked to Military Intelligence.
Recently an International Panel reported on these killings and the families who will attend today's meeting also gave evidence to a Sub-Committee of Dail Eireann. Among the delegation today will be Alan Brecknell whose father was killed in the gun and bomb attack on Donnelly 's Bar, an attack carried out by the Glenanne gang. Alan, who currently runs the PFC office in Newry, can be contacted at 00353 861739722. Speaking in advance of the meeting Alan said,
"Following on from the very strong International Panel and Dail Committee reports we will be pressing the Taoiseach to ensure that the British Prime Minister finally comes clean on the level of collusion in the Murder Triangle in the 70s. This was not just a matter of the security forces/services directing loyalist paramilitaries or allowing them to kill- serving members of the security forces actually played a central role in attacks carried out by the Glenanne gang on both sides of the border. "
(The International Panel Report can be accessed at www.patfinucanecentre.org The November Dail Committee report agreed with the International Panel on the levels of collusion, "Having considered all the submissions, both written and oral, the Committee is of the view that there is evidence tending to show that there was a period of time in which there was significant state collusion which was not limited to what might be referred to as foot soldiers, bad apples or the occasional wayward RUC officer or UDR member. The Sub-Committee expresses its outrage that acts of international terrorism could have been colluded in by all levels of the British administration." (para 89, Final Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Kay's Tavern, Dundalk. November 2006)
The families will be available for a photocall with the Taoiseach at 1.45pm
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See this breaking news report from ireland.com: Victims' Families Need Closure - Ahern
Download the Barron Report on the Dundalk bombing from the Oireachtas website.
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See early media reports of the Oireachtas sub-committee report on the Dundalk bombing, 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 Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: Brits did help kill eighteen civilians Thatcher knew of collusion says report into atrocities
The Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: Massacre of the innocents
The Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland edition), 30 November 2006: (Editorial) Collusion: The truth
The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Butchered by the British Oireachtas report finds damning evidence of collusion between UK security forces and loyalist terrorists in string of atrocities Now British must tell us full truth Taoiseach: Report is 'a matter of most serious concern'
The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Dundalk pub bomb horror
The Irish Daily Mail, 30 November 2006: Comment: Britain must own up to its role in dirty war
The Irish Daily Star, 30 November 2006: Brits colluded with loyalists in terror reign Justice committee's damning report into murders
The Irish Daily Star, 30 November 2006 (Editorial Comment): Tell us the truth
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 News, 30 November 2006: Families welcome collusion findings
The Irish Times, 30 November 2006: London must co-operate on collusion inquiries - Ahern
The Irish Times, 30 November 2006:
The Irish Times, 30 November 2006: Remit: the atrocities covered
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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See the Irish News, 5 July 2006: "Relatives 'furious' over Barron report blunder
Daily Ireland, 5 July 2006: Report expected today on Dundalk bombing
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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