The government has been accused of abandoning the relatives of the victims of the biggest atrocity of the entire Troubles, the bombings of Dublin and Monaghan on the same day in May 1974 by loyalists working under British direction. The 33 people killed on this day in 1974 were remembered today at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Talbot Street memorial, along with the victims of previous bombings in Dublin.
RTÉ News: Govt accused of failing 1974 bomb victimsThe Government was criticised for stopping its funding for the Justice for the Forgotten Group a year ago.
Spokeswoman for the group Margaret Urwin said the Government was failing to honour its commitment to victims made under the Good Friday Agreement.
'The Government is willing to talk about the rights of victims in the North but their actions speak louder than their words South of the border. They just don't want to know us'.
Isn't she right? The government and the political classes will go out of their way (and rightly so) to express their outrage at the deaths of people north of the border, but their own citizens' deaths are treated essentially as an embarrassment, too many awkward questions about the British role in what happened and the Dublin response in covering that up. In particular, why did the Gardaí 'lose' so many files, and why did they end the investigation just three months after the bombings? What pressure is being put on the British to release the embargoed security documents?
Is this just all too embarrassing for the government to want to look too deeply at, is the prospect of justice actually being done a bit frightening for the State?