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Hugh Watters, Dundalk, one of the victims of collusion involving the RUC. British Army/UDR and UVF killers.Jack Rooney, another Dundalk man to die in the Dundalk bombing of 19 December 1976 - murdered by UVF killers in collusion with elements from the RUC and the British Army/UDR.

 The Sunday Business Post online, 26 November 2006


Report Unearths Loyalist And British Collusion On Bombings

By Colm Heatley

Britain colluded with loyalist gangs responsible for three bombings in the Republic in the 1970s, including a bomb at Dublin Airport that killed one man, an Oireachtas report has found.

Britain colluded with loyalist gangs responsible for three bombings in the Republic in the 1970s, including a bomb at Dublin Airport that killed one man, an Oireachtas report has found.

The joint Oireachtas committee report into the bombings at the airport and Kay's Tavern in Dundalk, Co Louth, in 1975 and a bombing in Castleblayney in Monaghan in 1976 will be published on Wednesday.

Five people were killed in the three attacks.

The report was commissioned to examine the findings of the Barron Inquiry into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings and make recommendations on the findings.

Sources involved in the report say that it points to a high level of collusion between the British government and loyalists.

Among the information presented to the committee was a Department of Foreign Affairs document that said the Irish government contacted the Irish ambassador in London in 1975 over its concerns of British collusion with attacks in the Republic.

The document states that the Dublin authorities wanted the issue to be discussed at a senior political level, not a police level.

However, no progress was made and contact between the Irish and British governments on the matter ceased in August 1975. One source close to the committee said he was disturbed by the level of collusion.

''British intelligence was directing RUC and UDR members who were involved in the murder of innocent people south of the border," the source said.

''What becomes obvious is that when the Northern Ireland Office [NIO] takes the primary role in the investigations, the flow of information stops. We have also heard evidence that, when RUC members did cooperate with families, they were told not to, and were stopped by more senior RUC people."

Margaret Urwin, of victims' group Justice For the Forgotten, said the government should hold a public inquiry.

''I think the overwhelming amount of evidence should force the government into holding a public inquiry as a matter of urgency," she said.

''Successive investigations have found strong evidence of collusion, yet there is still no sign of a public inquiry

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Second collusion report pressurises Government - another report by Colm Heatley


Irish Times/, 6 November 2006: Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion

Irish American Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
2006-11-06 11:53:00.0 EST

BBC News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder Plots

Ulster Television News online, 6 November 2006: US academic shocked by report's findings

Belfast Telegraph, 7 November 2006 Collusion: PSNI team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends cold case team after international criticism

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: Shock report alleges high-level collusion Officials 'had information on 25 atrocities' RUC & Army 'helped loyalists carry out. . 74 MURDERS

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: So many victims

Irish Independent, 7 November 2006: Inquiry 'shocked' at RUC collusion

The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence found of British collusion in bombings

The Guardian, 7 November 2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'

The Irish News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into loyalist collusion.

Produced in association with the Ludlow Family.

Last edited: 27 November 2006 19:25:19

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Barron Report: on the Dublin Bombings of 1972 and 1973, can also be downloaded in pdf form

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