victims fund set up
and Monaghan bombings: 33 died in Troubles' bloodiest day
A £2m fund for relatives of victims of the Troubles has been set up
by the Irish Government.
money will be allocated to people in the Irish Republic.
fund is one of the Irish Government's obligations under the 1998 Good
those expected to benefit are relatives of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan
bombings and the Dublin and Dundalk bombings in 1972.
money will be distributed through a Remembrance Fund Commission which is
due to be established on a statutory basis shortly.
Justice for the Forgotten group, which represents relatives of those
killed in Dublin and Monaghan, welcomed the fund.
Urwin of the group said she was delighted by the news.
have fought for this for three and a half years and we have lobbied
politicians across all the parties," she said.
and reams of paper have gone between our group and the Department for
Justice. We have really kept the pressure on.
we are welcoming it, we are really delighted about it."
three car bombs which detonated in Dublin and Monaghan on 17 May 1974
caused the biggest loss of life on a single day in the course of the
bombs exploded in Dublin, killing 26 people including a pregnant woman.
minutes later another exploded in the border town of Monaghan killing
seven people. Over 200 people were injured.