Call to reinstate funding for bomb victims' campaign

Campaigners for victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombings today called on the Government to reinstate funding needed to keep fighting for justice.

Campaigners for victims of the Dublin Monaghan bombings today called on the Government to reinstate funding needed to keep fighting for justice.

Justice for the Forgotten will mark the 36th anniversary of the blasts with a memorial service to honour the 34 people, including an unborn baby, killed in the bomb attacks.

Chairperson Bernie McNally appealed for ministers to restore funding which she said has been completely withdrawn.

Without it the group will have to close down at the end of June.

“Our Government is failing to honour its obligations to victims which it signed up to in the Good Friday Agreement,” said Ms McNally.

“There is no question of funding being withdrawn from the many victims’ organisations in Northern Ireland at this time.

“We are being discriminated against simply because of our location.”

Dublin Lord Mayor Councillor Emer Costello and the Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Town Council Councillor Sean Conlon will lay wreaths at the Dublin memorial in Talbot Street at 11.30am.

Prayers will also be said at the site before the annual anniversary Mass will take place at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.

Ms Costello said Justice for the Forgotten has made a huge contribution towards supporting the victims of the Troubles and in particular the families and relatives of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

“There is still much work to be done and I sincerely hope that they will be enabled to continue their excellent work,” she added.

The Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Town Council said the decision of the current Government to end funding for the group was a great regret.

“This is a totally unacceptable decision,” said Cllr Conlon.

“I take this opportunity to call on the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, to immediately restore funding so that Justice for the Forgotten can continue to work with and on behalf of the families in the search for truth and justice.”

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