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British slated on bombs which killed Sligo woman

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

AN INTERNATIONAL judge has again been mooted to examine British records of a bombing which claimed the life of an innocent Sligo woman.

Anne Marren was among 34 Irish citizens -- including an unborn baby -- killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Friday May 17th 1974.

One of three rush-hour bombs across Dublin claimed her young life as she made her way down Talbot Street to catch the Dublin-Sligo train for Ballymote.

Aged 20, Ms Marren's name is included on the official memorial to the victims, sited across from Connolly Station in Talbot Street. Pictured above

British governments have been repeatedly accused of a cover-up in the past.

Journalist Vincent Browne has also repeatedly queried the short-lived investigation in this State into the bombings, which he witnessed first-hand.

The British Army's role, in consort with loyalist paramilitaries, was identified in British TV documentaries by the Irish journalist Joe Tiernan.

Refusal Regrettable

Yesterday, Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin raised the bombings issue in the Dail.

''The non-co-operation of the British Government is unacceptable,'' said Mr Martin.

''Its refusal to make progress on the matter in response to a united parliamentary vote in this House is more than regrettable,'' he added.

Asked Mr Martin: ''What response is the Government getting? What is the British Government saying? 

Reasonable Compromise

''What has the response been to the Taoiseach's proposition that an international judicial figure have access to the documentation? 

''That,'' said Mr Martin, ''would be a reasonable compromise, a reasonable avenue on which to proceed in pursuing this issue. 

''It goes to the heart of the issues of the past and the need to make sure people are accountable,'' added the Fianna Fáil leader yesterday.

He recalled that ''on this side of the Border we opened up our documents for various inquiries, such as those into the murders of RUC constables.''

Facilitated Atrocities

Mr Martin said there are ''genuine reasons'' to believe loyalist paramilitaries were involved in these atrocities.

''British security forces, through inactivity or non-action, could have facilitated the atrocities,'' Mr Martin told the Dail.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan had raised the issue with the British Prime Minister Theresa May and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire.

Military Machine

Yesterday, the Taoiseach also gave a powerful account of raising the issue with retired British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Said the Taoiseach: ''I raised the question specifically as to whether this would be blocked by the British military machine. 

''At that time, Mr. Cameron answered that as he was only a child when most of this was going on he had no objection to this kind of information being made available in terms of the truth. This has not been commenced yet,'' said the Taoiseach.

Link: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2017011700018?opendocument#Q02300