21 May 2006

Morgan calls on government to support demands for truth from families of those killed in 26 Counties as a result of collusion

Sinn Féin

Published: 21 May, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan speaking at the Martin 'Doco' Doherty commemoration in Dublin today, Sunday 21st May, said ‘it is time that the Irish government supports the demands for truth from the families of those killed in the 26 Counties as a result of collusion between British forces and unionist paramilitaries.’

Deputy Morgan said ‘is it any wonder that the British continue to hamper the search for the truth about the Dublin Monaghan bombings, the murder of Seamus Ludlow or the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane when the Irish government have refused to establish a public inquiry in their own jurisdiction.’

Today’s commemoration also remembered IRA Volunteer Raymond McCreesh and INLA Volunteer Patsy O'Hara who died after 61 days on Hunger Strike on 21st May 1981.

Deputy Morgan said:

“Republicans gathered here in Dublin today to honour the memory of IRA Volunteer Martin Doherty and also to mark the deaths on hunger strike of IRA Volunteer Raymond McCreesh and INLA Volunteer Patsy O’Hara who died this day 25 years ago.

“IRA Volunteer Martin Doherty was killed by unionist paramilitaries in an attempted bomb attack on the Widow Scallons pub on Dublin's Pearse Street on the 21st May 1994. His courage, in confronting the UVF death squad saved countless lives.

“To this day there remain many unanswered questions around the murder of Martin Doherty - questions for the Gardaí, this state and the British, with lingering suspicions that the UVF, who claimed responsibility, did not act alone.

“Martin Doherty’s murder is not the only case where questions have been raised. There are many examples of British state collusion with unionist paramilitaries or direct operations by British forces in which civilians were killed in the 26 Counties, including the Dublin – Monaghan bombings. Last week marked the 32nd anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and the families, through Justice for the Forgotten, are still campaigning for the truth. The ongoing refusal of the Irish government to establish a full public inquiry into the Dublin Monaghan bombings is a disgrace. Is it any wonder that the British continue to hamper the search for truth or that they are refusing to hold a public inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane.

“Deep concerns have also been raised about the government’s Tribunal of Inquiries Bill which gives the government almost complete control over the direction of any tribunal and severely limits the potential for such inquiries to discover the full truth about the extent of British state collusion with unionist paramilitaries in the 26 Counties.

“It is time for the truth about collusion between British forces and unionist paramilitaries. It is time that there was a spotlight on the lack of response by this state and the failure to properly investigate such cases. It is time for the Irish government to stand up for the rights of its own citizens and to support their demands for justice.”ENDS

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