Senator Daly: I move:
That Seanad Éireann, recalling the motions by Dáil Éireann adopted unanimously on 10 July 2008 and 18 May 2011 which:- noted ‘the interim and final reports of the sub-Committee of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights on the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin-Monaghan Bombings and the three related Barron reports, including the Inquiry into the Bombing of Kay’s Tavern, Dundalk, and commends the sub-Committee on its work’;
– urged ‘the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to allow access by an independent, international judicial figure to all original documents held by the British Government relating to the atrocities that occurred in this jurisdiction and which were inquired into by Judge Barron, for the purposes of assessing said documents with the aim of assisting in the resolution of these crimes’; and
– directed ‘the Clerk of the Dáil to communicate the text of this Resolution, together with copies of the aforementioned reports, to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with a request that the matter be considered by the House of Commons’;
– notes that the question of obtaining access to information held by the British Government on the bombings has been pursued for many years;
– requests the Government to continue to raise the matter with the British Government and to press it to comply with the request and affirms the support of Members of this House; and
– acknowledges that the co-operation being sought is taking place in the context of transformed relationships on this island and between Ireland and Britain based on mutual respect, on partnership and on friendship.
I thank the Leader for agreeing to pass the motion and we look forward to the news from Downing Street tomorrow when the Taoiseach meets Prime Minister Cameron, and hearing what response he will give—-on the release of the files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.