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Adviser to the relatives of victims Don Mullan:
"Investigation into bombings was mysteriously parked"
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Tuesday, 12 September, 2000, 06:37 GMT 07:37 UK
Minister meets bomb victim families
Dublin and Monaghan bombings: 33 died in Troubles' bloodiest day
Thirty-three died on the Troubles' bloodiest day
Northern Ireland security minister Adam Ingram has had a private meeting with relatives of the Dublin and Monaghan bomb victims.

Thirty-three people died and hundreds were injured when three loyalist bombs exploded in the Republic of Ireland on 17 May 1974.

It was the first official meeting between the families and the British Government and took place at Stormont in Belfast on Tuesday.

The organisation Justice for the Forgotten, which represents the families of those affected, claims the British authorities have not co-operated fully with investigations into the atrocities.

NI security minister Adam Ingram
Adam Ingram is to meet families on behalf of UK government
It is calling on Mr Ingram to make Royal Ulster Constabulary files on the bombings available to an inquiry in the Republic of Ireland.

The relatives' adviser, Don Mullan, said they were encouraged that Mr Ingram had agreed to see them.

"Their focus now is on now seeking information from the Irish and British Governments on how a very good investigation was very mysteriously parked in less than three months after the explosions," he said.

"There are people at a official level, both in the Republic, in Northern Ireland and the UK, who I think have questions to answer."

Those killed were remembered in ceremony
Those killed were remembered in ceremony
The bombings, which were blamed on Northern Ireland loyalist paramilitaries, caused the largest loss of life in a single day during the 30-year Northern Ireland conflict.

A wreath-laying ceremony organised by the group took place in the Irish Republic on 17 May this year, to remember those who were killed in bombings.

The event took place in Dublin and it followed a commemoration which was held on the previous Sunday in Monaghan.

The ceremony was at the site of the bomb in North Street when wreaths were laid by family members and also by families who lost relatives in the Dublin bombing.

The bombings took place while loyalist workers held a general strike in Northern Ireland to bring down the power-sharing government set up under the Sunningdale Agreement.

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