Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (131)

Finian McGrath


131. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Taoiseach if he will support the families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; and if he will make every effort to move the process forward with the British Government. [11695/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I have committed to meeting with the Justice for the Forgotten Group who represent the families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and fully intend to meet them when a suitable opportunity presents itself. Officials from my Department held a preparatory meeting with representatives of this group on Monday 18th February. As I have previously stated, the Government remains committed to engaging with the British Government in relation to legacy issues including the sensitive and difficult case of the Dublin Monaghan Bombings. Both Houses of the Oireachtas have previously and unanimously urged the British Government to allow access to documents relevant to these events. Many Deputies have also raised this issue directly with their counterparts at Westminster and will continue to do so. I myself have raised the issue with the British Prime Minister and the Tánaiste has also raised the matter with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.