Dublin and Monaghan bombings not mentioned by Gilmore or Fine Gael at Buckingham Palace.Gilmore and Fine Gael say raising the Dublin and Monaghan bombings with the British remains a priority, but they couldn't be bothered raising the issue, during the recent Buckingham Palace visit as it might lower the Royal tone of the occasion.
Gilmore asked by Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith if the bombings, which are now approaching their fortieth anniversaries, were raised with the British Foreign Secretary. He particularly focused on a request made to the British Government to release specific papers on the matter. Smith also asked if the Coalition raised the issue with the English Viceroyal in British Occupied Ireland.
Gilmore wouldn't give a straight answer, muttering the issue was raised with Villiers in the past and waffled on instead with:
“The Taoiseach and I have reiterated our support for the all-party Dáil motions of July 2008 and May 2011 urging the British Government to hand over all original documents in their possession relating to the bombings. I met with Justice for the Forgotten most recently on 26 March and confirmed the Government’s ongoing support. I welcome also the continued all-party support for their campaign on behalf of the Dublin/Monaghan families,” said Gilmore.
He said that the bombs, the bloodiest day of The Troubles, left 33 Irish people dead. It remains to be seen if the new Fine Gael Minister for Justice will be any improvement on her predecessor, who couldn't be bothered either.