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The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny gave assurances today that the Irish government will provide information to the coroner on IRA murders. I”m sure Gerry Adams is not to pleased and will have some words next time they meet in the Dáil, after all it was his IRA friends and colleagues who committed the murders and as we all know Gerry stands by all sorts, murderers, rapists and even child molestors.
The Irish government has requested an urgent meeting with IRA victims as the Garda gave promises to “lock Dublin down” for their parade through the city later this month, it has been reported.
The victims are planning to hold the parade on March 28 to highlight what they feel is a one-sided approach to dealing with the past by the Irish government.
In particular victims are highlighting the Irish government’s failure to provide documentation for the Kingsmills massacre inquest in Belfast, despite a year of requests by the coroner.
The Garda confirmed that Chief Supt Pat Leahy and Chief Supt Michael O’Sullivan met campaigner Willie Frazer in Dublin yesterday in order to “facilitate a peaceful protest”.
He organised an earlier victims’ parade in the Republic’s capital in 2006 which ended with Dublin based protestors rioting and attacking gardai.
Speaking after the meeting yesterday, Mr Frazer said that when he met gardai in Dublin they had a communication from the government offering a meeting.
He is now meeting the Irish Department of Justice next week, he said.
“But they said to do it would take the same lock down of Dublin as they had for the Queen’s visit, such is the level of threat.”
The victims’ campaigner said the parade is still going ahead on March 28.
The Irish Department of Justice later phoned him yesterday, he said, saying it was willing to meet to resolve the delay in supplying documents for the Kingsmills inquest and to discuss the new investigations unit under the Stormont House Agreement and other investigations, he said.
“But there have been a lot of promises before,” Mr Frazer said.
“Proper Dublin cooperation on dealing with the past has never taken place.
“We met with the Irish government two or three times pressing for an inquiry into the murders of RUC officers Breen and Buchanan but they refused. It was only after we met Canadian Judge Peter Corry that we got the Smithwick Tribunal.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also failed to honour promises in 2013 to meet the Kingsmills families in Co Armagh, he said.
“At the minute I don’t think the Stormont House Agreement puts equal accountability on the past on Dublin as it does on London – but we want the Irish government to be just as accountable as the government up here.”
Gardai have approved plans for the parade to lay a wreath at the memorial in Dublin for victims of the 1974 UVF bomb in the city, he said.
“The victims of the bomb are very welcome to take part in the parade with us,” said Mr Frazer.
“Any innocent victims of terrorism will be made very welcome.”
The Irish Department of Justice offered no comment.
‘I will parade in Dublin to protest at one-sided probes’
A woman whose mother was killed in the IRA Poppy Day bombing says she is determined to parade through Dublin to highlight the failures of the Irish government to come clean about its role in the Troubles.
Aileen Quinton’s elderly mother was murdered in the 1987 Remembrance Day atrocity in Enniskillen. She says that many people have misunderstood what the victims’ parade planned for Dublin later this month is about.
The retired Metropolitan Police risk management advisor took part in a previous march in Dublin in 2006, also organised by Willie Frazer, which resulted in a riot when gardai were attacked by Dublin-based protestors.
“People are quite rightly asking ‘why a Love Ulster parade in Dublin?’ as it is passing the memorial to the 1974 [UVF] Dublin bomb,” she said. “But all parades going to the heart of government in Dublin have to pass by the memorial.
“Our organisers wanted to lay a wreath in 2006 but the Garda would not let us stop. I no more support the UVF than the IRA – in Northern Ireland the most important thing is your stand on terrorism.”
Ms Quinton is at pains to point out that contrary to media assertions, neither the 2006 parade nor this year’s are in fact ‘Love Ulster’ parades, which were separate political events in 2006 across Northern Ireland.
“We are also parading for the many IRA victims who have close family in the Republic – my mother had two brothers and a sister in Donegal and Sligo.”
She believes there was a lack of cooperation from Dublin in the Historical Enquiries Team investigation into the Enniskillen bomb, the final report never having been published as the unit was closed.
“There are questions to be answered about the Dublin government’s role in the IRA’s formation and arming.
“But one of the very specific issues this parade will focus on is the ongoing inquest into the Kingsmills massacre. Despite repeated requests from the coroner for over a year the Irish authorities have yet to supply one piece of information.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the Poppy Day memorial event in 2013 but failed to follow through on promises to meet the relatives, she said.
“Dublin is pushing for investigations into the hooded men case, Pat Finucane and Bloody Sunday as if it had nothing to be pushed on itself. But it should not be all one-sided.
“There is a real problem with the contrasting commitments required of London and Dublin’s role in the past by the Stormont House Agreement – ‘full disclosure’ versus mere ‘disclosure’.”
She adds: “If people have a right to press the British government – and they do – then surely we have a right to push the Irish government too?”