By Eugene McGloin
AN INTERNATIONAL judge has again been mooted to examine British records of a bombing which claimed the life of an innocent Sligo woman.
Marren was among 34 Irish citizens -- including an unborn baby --
killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Friday May 17th 1974.
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
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.
Vincent Browne has also repeatedly queried the short-lived
investigation in this State into the bombings, which he witnessed
The British Army's role, in consort
with loyalist paramilitaries, was identified in British TV
documentaries by the Irish journalist Joe Tiernan.
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.
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?
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.
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.
recalled that ''on this side of the Border we opened up our documents
for various inquiries, such as those into the murders of RUC
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.
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.
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.
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.