Taoiseach Bertie Ahern expects to receive the report of the McEntee Inquiry into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings next week, he told the Dáil yesterday:
I now expect to receive his final report on 13 March 2007. It is my intention to publish the report as soon as possible after it is received. However, I am required by law to consider certain issues prior to publication. This is likely to involve requesting legal advice from the Attorney General. I will also submit it to the Cabinet prior to publication. The timescale involved between receipt of the report and publication is impossible to estimate in advance but I certainly wish to publish the report as quickly as possible. If at all possible, I will do so while the House is sitting, before the Easter break. (Oireachtas report)
Significant new information related to the bombings came to light last month, when it emerged that the British met with the UVF only days after the attacks. Although the bombings were widely attributed to the UVF, which later claimed them, the British did not raise the issue at the meeting.
Instead, the meeting focused on the internal state of
unionist and loyalist politics and the ongoing Ulster Workers Council
strike, called to prevent power-sharing with nationalists. Details of
the meeting were uncovered by the Derry based, Pat Finucane Centre.
fact that no reference was made to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings during
the meeting so soon after the attacks is considered unusual. (Sunday Business Post)