Group accused of silence on British ‘collusion’

I WELCOME the statement from Robin Bury (Letters, June 30) that the Reform Movement “has been working for better relations between Ireland and Britain for years”.

Despite a considerable number of contributions to the letters column by many members of Reform over the years, I cannot recollect any in support of calls for the British government to answer charges of British army and police collusion with loyalist death squads and probable involvement in terrorist activities like the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

In 1999, the Oireachtas set up an independent commission of inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Mr Justice Henry Barron, in his final report, said it was “neither fanciful nor absurd” that security forces in Northern Ireland could have been involved in bombings in this jurisdiction, but without the relevant documentation, which is in the possession of the British authorities, it is not possible to come to a definitive conclusion. On July 10, 2008 an all-party motion was adopted unanimously by the Dáil calling on the British government to allow access to documents held by them in relation to cross-border bombings which might be of assistance in bringing charges against those responsible.

Such requests were rejected on the spurious basis of compromising national security. It would be of significant help if the Reform movement added its voice to demands that the British government comply with this request from Dáil Éireann.

It would also help to engender the better relations between Ireland and Britain which Reform claims it has been working towards for years.

Tom Cooper

Delaford Lawn

Knocklyon

Dublin 16

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