29 May 2006

Collusion summit call

Daily Ireland

Around 30 relatives on An Fhírinne group’s delegation to meet Irish government officials and party representatives in Dublin

Mick Hall

The Irish government is being asked to call an intergovernmental summit over continued evidence of British state collusion in the murder of Irish citizens.
The anti-collusion group An Fhírinne made the call ahead of its scheduled visit to Leinster House next month. A delegation of around 30 relatives of victims of collusion will meet government officials and party representatives.
The group’s spokesman Robert McClenaghan said there was a moral and political imperative on the Irish government to organise a meeting with British prime minister Tony Blair and demand the truth about those killed by loyalist paramilitaries.
“New evidence that collusion has taken place within a systematic context continues to be uncovered. We are talking about literally hundreds of Irish citizens killed where evidence of state involvement exists.
“The Irish government has an obligation to push Prime Minister Blair to disclose what his government knows and demand a proper, international, independent inquiry be established,” he said.
The justice campaigner’s grandfather, Philip Garry (75) was killed in the 1971 bombing of the Catholic-owned McGurk’s bar in Belfast.
Mr McClenaghan said many relatives living in the Republic were commemorating the anniversaries of their loved ones’ deaths this year.
“They include those killed in the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, the 1976 murder of Séamus Ludlow in Co Louth and that of Donegal councillor Eddie Fullerton in 1991.
“These families make up just a few of those in Ireland who deserve to know the truth about how and why their relatives were killed. In many cases, we know who pulled the trigger. Now we want to know who pulled the strings,” Mr McClenaghan said.
It is understood that details of the relatives’ visit to the Dáil are being finalised. An Irish government spokesman told Daily Ireland the taoiseach would continue to raise the issue with the British government. He refused to say whether a summit would be requested.
“The taoiseach had addressed the issue in the Dáil. He has raised it with the British government, particularly within the context of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and he will continue to address the issue with the prime minister,” the spokesman said.

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