From Socialist Voice, December 2006

The truth just keeps seeping out

The recent report (29 November) published by a sub-committee of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice has confirmed what many people have believed for many decades: that agents working on behalf of the British state carried out acts of terrorism against this state and its citizens.
    The sub-committee’s inquiry, which examined the findings of the previous investigation carried out by Mr Justice Henry Barron, concluded that “widespread collusion” between British intelligence services and loyalist paramilitaries was behind a significant number of atrocities committed on both sides of the border. These included
• that at Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk in December 1975, which resulted in two men being killed;
• the bombing at Dublin Airport in 1975, with one man killed;
• planting a bomb in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, in 1976, resulting in one man being killed;
• the attack on Donnelly’s Bar in Silverbridge, Co. Armagh, with three men killed;
• the attack on the Reavey family in Markethill, Co. Armagh, in January 1976, resulting in three brothers being killed;
• the Step Inn, Keady, Co. Armagh, in August 1976, with one man and one woman killed;
• the attack on the O’Dowd family in Gilford, Co. Down, in 1976, in which two brothers and an uncle were murdered;
• the bomb in the Rock Bar, Keady, Co. Armagh, in June 1976, with a number of people injured;
• the murder of three members of the Miami Showband in July 1976.
    Not included in this list are the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, which resulted in the biggest loss of life during the last thirty years.
    The sub-committee drew attention to the very lacklustre approach taken by successive governments in investigating acts of international terrorism against citizens of this state carried out by agents of the British government. Successive governments were more concerned about defeating the IRA than they were about getting to the truth. They were not alone, of course: they were supported in this by the mass media, which remained silent throughout, with those who raised questions in relation to these matters dismissed as “crypto-Provos” or fellow-travellers, or simply as cranks.
    As with other inquiries, neither the British state nor any of its agents co-operated or assisted with the work of either the Barron Inquiry or this sub-committee of the Irish parliament.
    The demand for a public inquiry by families of the victims, including those of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, is completely justified. But the likelihood of getting satisfaction on this matter from the government remains remote. To do so would expose the collaboration with British intelligence and its infiltration of the very heart of the Garda Síochána; it would also expose the complete incompetence of the government in pursuing the British in relation to these terrorist acts.
    It is interesting to note that loyalist paramilitaries have apologised for the hurt they caused, while the IRA has issued its own statement in relation to past activities. The only party to the conflict that has not spoken, or expressed remorse, is the British state. Its silence is deafening.

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