The Murder of Seamus Ludlow in County Louth, May 1976. Towards a public inquiry?







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Ireland on Sunday, 12 October 2003:

Top names linked to Dublin-Monaghan atrocity

Bombs report names gardai 'collaborators'

By Frank Connolly

Senior Reporter

 Senior Irish politicians and gardai will be implicated in covering up British security-force collusion over the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings in a damning report to be handed to the Government this week. 

The long-awaited, and sensational Barron report, documenting British military involvement in the bombings which killed 33 people, is likely to cause a political storm when it is finally published.

'The content of the report raises deep issues concerning people who are still alive including gardai, politicians, and senior members of the British security forces,' an informed legal source told Ireland on Sunday.

The report, prepared by Mr Justice Henry Barron, is also expected to highlight a series of failures in the Garda investigation into those responsible for the attacks on May 17, 1974 - the worst single death toll in the Troubles - which included an unborn child.

Many colluders still alive

The response of a number of now deceased or retired political figures to the bombings is also examined by Mr Justice Barron, who heard detailed allegations. Among the claims made to Baron by former British intelligence officers Colin Wallace and Fred Holroyd, was that the British security forces ran a number of clandestine operations including bombings and assassinations in the South during the 1970s, often in collusion with high-ranking members of the gardai.

The report will be given to Attorney General Rory Brady who will assess any threat to the lives of those named or any implications for national security in the document before it is published. 

However, sources close to Mr Justice Barron have insisted that he will not accept 'spurious' arguments to prevent the publication of any aspect of the report.

Mr Justice Barron can recommend that a full public inquiry be held into those behind the bombings, something which Justice for the Forgotten, a group representing survivors and relatives of those killed in the attacks has consistently called for.

However, it is believed that a challenge could be made on behalf of those named in the report preventing the inquiry, following the successful Supreme Court application by members of the gardai which stopped a similar Oireachtas investigation into the death of Longford man John Carthy in April 2000. 

It is expected that the gardai will resist any attempt to re-open what many believe was a deeply flawed, and possibly compromised investigation into the atrocity for which no one has been held accountable - despite the fact that the names of those involved, including members of the British army and of the Ulster Volunteer Force, have been circulating for many years.

No-one held accountable

It remains unclear what view Mr Justice Barron will take regarding allegations that the bombs were sanctioned at high political levels, possibly by a minister in Harold Wilson's government.

The continued refusal by the British authorities to hand over relevant government files stymied investigations and a key figure has so far refused to co-operate with the Barron team. He is Colonel Peter Maynard, an army explosives expert with the bomb intelligence team of the 3rd Infantry Brigade stationed In Lurgan, Co. Armagh

See also: 

The Sunday Independent, 2 November 3003: Net is closing in on Dublin car bombers

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