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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dublin-Monaghan bombings

The 40th anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombing was commemorated last weekend with an hour-long ceremony involving laying wreaths at the memorial monument on Talbot Street in Dublin’s city centre. The oration was led by the historian, Tim Pat Coogan, and several other speeches were made.

The Dublin-Monaghan bombings on 17 May 1974 remains the single bloodiest incident of the Troubles, with 34 lives being lost that day, and hundreds more injured. Three bombs were set off without warning in Dublin city centre on a Friday evening as people were leaving work. A fourth was detonated in Monaghan town.

Parnell St, Dublin, in the aftermath of the bombings in 1974

Nobody has ever been charged for this incident and, although the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) have claimed responsibility, there have always been accusations of the collusion of British state forces. However, the British government continues to refuse to hand over documents relating to this incident, citing national security concerns. At the ceremony last Saturday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced his intention to press for access to these documents and get answers for the victims and their families.

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