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    Default 17th February, 1978 La Mon Hotel Bombing

    35 years ago PIRA planted a bomb, attached to canisters (petrol/sugar mix, home-made napalm) on metal grills over a function room window.

    The explosion created a fireball 40 feet high and 60 feet wide. There were over 400 people in the La Mon Hotel attending The Irish Collie Club and the NI Junior Motorcycle Club annual dinner dances.Twelve people were killed including three married couples, and 23 seriously injured, some continued to receive treatment 20 years after the bomb.

    PIRA claimed they were delayed in making a warning call by a vandalized phone box and a UDR checkpoint, the call was received minutes before the bomb exploded, the timing device used had a maximum time delay of 58 mins.

    Two men were tried in connection with La Mon. Eddie Brophy was acquitted of the bombing but convicted of IRA membership. Robert Murphy was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was freed on licence in 1995.

    The victims families and survivors have called for an inquiry into the bombing and the police investigation...
    In a statement today, they claimed: "It would appear to the victims that key documents were removed from the files with the view to protecting IRA members who today may be involved in the peace process at the highest level.

    "This case, in common with other major investigations, appears to show that the will to uncover the truth has been curtailed for fear of destabilising the current political process."
    BBC News - La Mon IRA bomb victims want public inquiry after HET report

    La Mon bomb massacre files 'lost' to protect IRA, say relatives - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    €œThey burnt us alive, yet it€™s forgotten about€ La Mon survivor - Headlines - Belfast Newsletter


    Bertie Campbell from Ulster Human Rights Watch claims they have been denied access to intelligence documents and pointed out that barrister Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva, who carried out the Finucane report, was given access to intelligence documents.

    “The victims of terrorism of the La Mon House atrocity call for a new investigating process to be set up in order to ensure that the truth is revealed,” Ulster Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

    “They ask Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to appoint a legal expert to conduct an independent review into the question of possible state involvement in protecting members of the IRA responsible for the planning and execution of the massacre.”

    Last year it was reported in the media that former double agent Denis Donaldson was suspected of involvement in the La Mon attack.
    €˜Finucane-style review€™ urged over La Mon - Headlines - Belfast Newsletter

    Among the 25 men arrested in the wake of the horrific fireball bombing was Sinn Fein chief Adams along with Donaldson, sources have told the Sunday Mirror.

    Adams was charged with IRA membership that year but was later acquitted.

    However, in 2003 he was named in the House of Commons under parliamentary privilege by then-Strangford MP Iris Robinson as having masterminded the attack.

    The Sinn Fein boss strenuously denied the allegation and has always insisted that he has never been a member of the IRA.

    Today we can also reveal l how the Provo gang that night 34 years ago thought they were unleashing the might of their deadly bomb on a gathering of RUC men at the hotel but had actully got the wrong date.

    Our source said: "They thought the hotel would be filled with RUC personnel - they were the intended target. "The RUC gathering was to the day - a week before.

    "They got the wrong night. It was a botched job."

    Instead, their unsuspecting victims were attending the annual Irish Collie Club dinner dance.

    It is believed the gang stopped at a number of petrol stations in the area to fill up jerry cans before attaching the blast incendiary with a meat hook on to a window grille at the hotel.

    It is thought that up to 60 people could have been involved with the planning and execution of the deadly attack.

    A security source said: "Donaldson and [the other IRA informer] were operating in the IRA in East Belfast at that time.

    "They were both heavily involved in the La Mon operation - it was given authorization at the highest level."

    A republican source said: "Wee Denis Donaldson was a trusted aide to Gerry, all their lives, since their Cage Eleven days [when they were interned in Long Kesh]. He was a key advisor if not the key strategist for Gerry at that time.

    "Denis knew many of those who carried out the attack. Spud Murphy was from the east of the city.

    "Another man, who was later outed as an informer, worked in the IRA team in that area at the time."

    The second IRA spy was pulled out of Belfast by his security force handlers a number of years ago.
    DONALDSON WAS LA MON BOMBER; HOTEL MASSACRE REVELATION. - Free Online Library

    La Mon was only one of many horrific chapters during the 'troubles'. There are many on both 'sides' who would like questions answered, but in most incidences the perpetrators and the puppet masters remain unpunished. Hopefully some day in this life or the next they will be...
    Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-ireannach m. M t meas agat ar mo chultr, beidh meas agam ar do chultr.

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    An awful deed in a conflict full of senseless awful deeds.

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    I remember that night with the same clarity as I do last night's drink with a friend.

    It was one of the most shameful and horrific acts of medieval barbarity perpetrated by any terrorist organisation on this island.

    It's been lost in the haze of political reconciliation doings since the GFA.

    But the stain will always be there and no amount of revisionism will remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    ...
    The HET are for the political policing of historical events.

    €˜Finucane-style review€™ urged over La Mon - Headlines - Belfast Newsletter

    Last year the Historical Enquiries Team released a report into the bombing, but found no new leads.

    The Ulster Human Rights Watch, which represents several of the relatives of La Mon’s victims, has said it wants to see a review of the investigation, similar to the De Silva report into the murder of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane.

    Bertie Campbell from Ulster Human Rights Watch claims they have been denied access to intelligence documents and pointed out that barrister Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva, who carried out the Finucane report, was given access to intelligence documents.

    “The victims of terrorism of the La Mon House atrocity call for a new investigating process to be set up in order to ensure that the truth is revealed,” Ulster Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

    “They ask Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to appoint a legal expert to conduct an independent review into the question of possible state involvement in protecting members of the IRA responsible for the planning and execution of the massacre.”
    It's kind of pathetic unionists and loyalists always have to counter investigations into the Finucane case.

    They think the PSNI file has been cleaned up so instead they want the Crown to appoint a tory QC to look into intelligence files and tell them what to believe? That seems rather credulous. It seems more like a call to circulate any intelligence, rumour or hearsay the state might have about the case, rather than an examination of evidence or testimony itself.
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    well done harry...
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    most awful deed,this image was a human being . Donaldson died a lonely death, as will others who did this outrage.

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    You're the very embodiment of divide and conquer.
    When we deny the evil within ourselves, we dehumanise ourselves, and we deprive ourselves not only of our own destiny but of any possibility of dealing with the evil of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    35 years ago PIRA planted a bomb, attached to canisters (petrol/sugar mix, home-made napalm) on metal grills over a function room window.

    The explosion created a fireball 40 feet high and 60 feet wide. There were over 400 people in the La Mon Hotel attending The Irish Collie Club and the NI Junior Motorcycle Club annual dinner dances.Twelve people were killed including three married couples, and 23 seriously injured, some continued to receive treatment 20 years after the bomb.

    PIRA claimed they were delayed in making a warning call by a vandalized phone box and a UDR checkpoint, the call was received minutes before the bomb exploded, the timing device used had a maximum time delay of 58 mins.

    Two men were tried in connection with La Mon. Eddie Brophy was acquitted of the bombing but convicted of IRA membership. Robert Murphy was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was freed on licence in 1995.

    The victims families and survivors have called for an inquiry into the bombing and the police investigation...


    BBC News - La Mon IRA bomb victims want public inquiry after HET report

    La Mon bomb massacre files 'lost' to protect IRA, say relatives - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    “They burnt us alive, yet it’s forgotten about” La Mon survivor - Headlines - Belfast Newsletter




    ‘Finucane-style review’ urged over La Mon - Headlines - Belfast Newsletter



    DONALDSON WAS LA MON BOMBER; HOTEL MASSACRE REVELATION. - Free Online Library

    La Mon was only one of many horrific chapters during the 'troubles'. There are many on both 'sides' who would like questions answered, but in most incidences the perpetrators and the puppet masters remain unpunished. Hopefully some day in this life or the next they will be...





    a great day for Ra. What say the shinners here? SF does not seem to mention it much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Claudius View Post
    a great day for Ra. What say the shinners here? SF does not seem to mention it much.

    A tragic accident i suppose, one of those things " that happen in war"

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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    well done harry...
    So much for 'no hierarchy of victims'.......

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