Written Answers. - Dublin-Monaghan Bombings.

Brendan Smith

Question:

108 Mr. B. Smith asked the Taoiseach his views on the progress to date on the inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7471/01]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 1 to 4 on Tuesday, 13 February 2001, in which I said Judge Barron is the sole member of the commission of inquiry into the Dublin-Monaghan and Dundalk bombings which is independent and as such he is not required to report progress. However, I understand that his inquiries are progressing satisfactorily.

A further advertisement – Mr. Hamilton had previously placed an advertisement in the newspapers – was placed in daily and Sunday news papers, North and South, in mid-January, appealing for anyone with relevant information to contact the commission. In addition, I understand the commission is anxious that everyone with information involved in the production of television programmes and press articles relating to the bombings would contact and co-operate with it as a matter of urgency.