[Marxism] Memorial dedicated to Monaghan bomb victims

James Daly james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Mon May 17 05:56:54 MDT 2004

Memorial dedicated to Monaghan bomb victims

This is the only convenient version I can find of the story.  Monaghan
town is in the county of Monaghan,  in the 26 county "Republic of
Ireland".  It is one of the nine counties of the traditional Irish
province of Ulster, but not one of the 6 counties in the -- to use a
recently invented term loathed by nationalists and republicans -- 
"province" of "Northern Ireland" (which is what the term "Ulster" has
increasingly meant since the Twenties). Ireland has three other
provinces; Britain traditionally and officially does not have any.
The Dublin and Monaghan bombing (like the unexplained bombing widely
believed to have been done by isBritish intelligence in Dublin in 1972
on the last day of a parliamentary debate about a quantum leap in
repression) is the clearest indication that to speak of the "Northern
Ireland conflict" is to be a victim of, and to perpetuate, manifestly
false imperialist propaganda.  The struggle has for centuries been and
still is over British imperialism in the whole of Ireland, with -- as
in the case of the American revolution -- a Loyalist population, which
now has the support of American imperialism, though American
intervention misguidedly called for by the use the republican
leadership in the Seventies.  (They would have got a much more
sympathetic response from the European Community, but in their blind
anti-Europeanism they left that fertile ground to John Hume and his
quest for "British justice").
The Dublin and Monaghan bombings occurred a few days after the start
of the "Ulster Workers Council" loyalist lockout which closed the
power stations as well as everything else. Every day all Unionist and
Paisleyite politicians met with the loyalist "paramilitaries" at the
UDA's palatial headquarters, Hawthornden House, to formulate plans.
John Taylor, a former Minister of Home Affairs in the Northern Ireland
government (now with his typical sense of humour ennobled with the
title of Lord Kilclooney) said on television just before the bombing
that appropriate action would be taken in "the South" to ensure the
success of the "workers strike". Its leaders later admitted that if it
had been taken on by the British Labour government in the first week,
it "would have been beat".
Robert Fisk wrote a book about it, as *The Strike That Broke British
Rule in Ulster*. Westminster's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Merlyn Rees stated that he had discovered the existence of "Protestant
(6-county) nationalism", and moved towards "Ulsterisation" and "the
priority of the police" (i.e. a free hand to the loyalist sectarian
murderers, the RUC). The widespread (e.g. journalists') bias towards
acceptance of the propagandist ideology of "Ulsterisation" is shown in
the repeated mantra that Omagh was "the worst atrocity", whereas the
same-day bombing of Dublin and Monaghan was worse -- and was swept
under the carpet by Dublin governments.  By the way it seems clear
that the highly political RUC Special Branch received warnings about
Omagh; and it is a strange fact that the uniformed RUC shepherded the
people towards the site of the bomb, but were unhurt themselves.
Memorial dedicated to bomb victims

A memorial to the victims of the Monaghan bombing in the Republic of
Ireland has been dedicated by Irish President Mary McAleese.

Seven people were killed in the attack on the town centre on 17 May

The atrocity occurred just 90 minutes after a bombing in Dublin killed
26 people, including a pregnant woman.

A total of four [no-warning-- J. D.] bombs exploded [at bus stops in
rush hour-- J. D.] and resulted in the biggest loss of life on a
single day in the Troubles.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said his government remained
committed to finding the truth about what happened in the bombings.

The Ulster Volunteer Force admitted 10 years ago that it was
responsible for the bombings.

However, no-one has ever been convicted of the attacks which injured
more than 250 people.

On Sunday, President McAleese met relatives of the Monaghan victims
before officially dedicating the memorial.

Evelyn Conlon, who has written a book commemorating the tragedy, said
it will mark an important day for the town.

"I think it is about time there was some kind of public recognition of
the people who lost their lives," she said.

Survivors and relatives of those killed in the bombings want a public
inquiry into the attacks.

In April, an inquest into the bombings re-opened almost 30 years after
the attacks.

The inquest came a month after an Irish parliamentary committee
recommended that a public inquiry into the bombings should be held in
the UK.

Security forces

It also recommended an inquiry into the investigation by the Gardai at
the time.

Last December, a report by Mr Justice Henry Barron said there were
grounds for suspecting the bombers may have had help from members of
British security forces, but there was no conclusive proof.

The Barron report said the group responsible for the attacks in Dublin
was capable of doing so without help from any section of the security
forces in Northern Ireland.

However, this did not rule out the involvement of individual members
of the security forces.

Many of the grieving relatives believe the UVF was helped by British
intelligence service operatives aiming to warn the Irish Government
not to interfere in Northern Ireland's affairs.

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

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2004/05/17 07:03:03 GMT


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