Flanagan reiterates support for victims at bombing commemoration

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan restated the Government’s “continued support for victims and survivors” as he marked the 44th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Mr Flanagan (pictured above) laid a wreath at the Talbot St Memorial at a special ceremony yesterday morning.

Addressing the families of those killed in 1974, he said the Government would “persevere in our efforts to seek out the truth behind those events and, hopefully, to secure some measure of comfort for you”.

He said the Government has consistently worked to implement all-party Oireachtas motions which call on the UK government to allow access by an independent international judicial figure to all original documents in their possession relating to the bombings.

He added: “I know you are frustrated that these motions have not yet been responded to and I share your frustration. However, I want to assure you that we will not give up in our efforts.”

The minister also said he was determined to help establish legacy bodies in Northern Ireland as per the Stormont House Agreement.

He said: “Dealing effectively with the legacy of the past will be one way to honour the memory of all those killed and injured in the dark days of the troubles, including those victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings who are foremost in our thoughts today.”