Pressure on for bombings inquiry

Relatives of some of those killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings

The British government is under increasing pressure to hold a public inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1972 and 1973.

An Irish parliamentary committee has recommended its government bring a case before the European Court of Human Rights.

It wants to force the British government to hold a public investigation into the atrocities.

No-one has ever been convicted for the attacks which killed nine people.

On Wednesday, the seven-member sub-committee published a report in Dublin calling for the Irish and British parliaments to pass resolutions endorsing legal proceedings in the Strasbourg court.

The sub-committee also called for both houses of the Irish parliament and UK parliament to pass a motion endorsing the report's recommendation of court action.


Its report criticised authorities in Britain and Northern Ireland for their lack of co-operation over the investigation of the bombings.

Sub-committee chairman Sean Ardagh said: "They have a moral responsibility as well as a responsibility to justice to co-operate with us.

"We will continue in every way to pursue them and continue to attack their position."

The Justice for the Forgotten group, which represents victims' families, welcomed the recommendation to take the UK government to court.

Chairperson Bernie McNally said: "This is something positive for us. We hope that it can put pressure on those who are withholding information.

"The Irish government is finally beginning to take us seriously now and we want them to back us all the way to bring the UK authorities to court to set up a public inquiry to get answers."

An Irish government spokesman said the cabinet welcomed the report and said it would be carefully considered.

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