Victims' relatives slam Irish Govt response to Dublin bombs

11:34 Tuesday January 25th 2005

Relatives of the men who died in two loyalist bombings in Dublin in the early 1970s have criticised the Irish Government's response to the attacks.

Speaking at an Oireachtas committee hearing into the bombings today, Monica Duffy-Campbell, whose husband was one of the victims, said consecutive Governments had done nothing to investigate the incidents.

"They've never sought the truth about these bombings until now," she said. "They were happy to hide it, they were happy to keep it under the carpet."

Meanwhile, Rose Bradshaw-Brett, whose brother died in one of the attacks, attacked the current Taoiseach's attitude to the bombings.

She said Bertie Ahern's answer to Dail questions on the matter was: "That's a long time ago. I'm sure the papers are shredded."

"Has he no feelings to think that he could just say that?" Ms Bradshaw-Brett asked.

Today's public hearing before the Oireachtas justice committee was arranged to discuss the findings of an inquiry into the 1972 and 1973 Dublin bombings by Mr Justice Henry Barron.

Three men were killed in the bombings, which happened at Sackville Place, off O'Connell Street, within 50 days of each other.

The Ulster Defence Association is suspected of carrying out the attacks, but nobody has ever been brought to justice.

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