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39th Anniversary of the Dublin Monagan Bombings

May 20, 2013

Last Friday the 17th of May marked 39 years since 33 people were murdered in no-warning bomb attacks in Dublin and Monaghan, in order to mark this occasion a black flag vigil took place from 5:00PM till 6:00PM at the memorial on Talbot Street, all were welcome but with no party-political material!

My speech follows:-

 

SPEECH AT INDEPENDENT BLACK FLAG VIGIL

39TH ANNIVERSARY DUBLIN / MONAGHAN BOMBINGS

MALACHY STEENSON   – 17/05/2013

Thank you Chairman

At 5.28 pm during rush hour on Friday, 17 May 1974, three no-warning car bombs ripped through the heart of Dublin.

Parnell Street, Talbot Street and South Leinster Street were devastated.

Twenty-six people (including a French and Italian citizen) and an unborn baby lost their lives, including in Parnell Street an entire young family- The O’Brien’s from Lower Gardiner Street a young father and mother and their two baby daughters.

Ninety minutes later, a fourth car bomb exploded in Monaghan town where a further seven people died.

This has been the greatest loss of life in a single day of the latest phase of conflict beginning in 1969.

The bombings occurred during the Ulster Workers’ Council strike, which brought down the power-sharing executive at Stormont established by the Sunningdale Agreement. The arrangement collapsed on 28 May – 11 days after the bombings.

In response to the bombings, the Blueshirt Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, the leader of the Law & Order Government of Fine Gael & Labour sought to lay the blame at the door Republicans.

 

Subsequent speeches by Ministers Cooney; Conor Cruise O’Brien; Tully; Fianna Fail Leader Lynch and the Attorney General, Declan Costello, all gave this message loud and clear, they claimed that any Irish citizen who had even entertained the thought of supporting the continuation of the war in defence of the Republic was every bit as guilty of the slaughter of the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings as were those who had, cold-bloodedly and without any warning, planned and carried out the atrocity.

There was no National day of mourning as there had been for Bloody Sunday. A decision was even taken, but quickly reversed, that the National Flag should not be flown at half-mast.

Constantly this attack is compared to other events like Omagh, Enniskillen etc., there is no comparison what happened on these streets was that a foreign power sent its agents to this city to kill and main innocent people, it was an attack by one State against another. It was an act of war and should have been dealt with as such. The targeting of civilians in indiscriminate bombings is a War Crime under the Geneva Convention, the then Prime Minister of Britain Harold Wilson should have been tried as a war criminal.

As we stand in this part of Dublin ravaged for decades by unemployment, drug addiction and poverty,

You may wonder why 39 years later we are still here remembering that fateful evening, they will tell us – forget about it, it’s in the past.

Until those who were responsible for ordering this attack are brought to Justice it’s not over. We are not naive enough to think that the current Blueshirt Government care, we know their history, we know where their loyalty lies……and it’s not to the Irish Republic.

Let us also be clear this attack did not happen in isolation Between 26 November 1972 and 20 January 1973, there were four British bombings in the centre of Dublin. Three civilians were killed and 185 people were injured

We are told that there was collusion between British Intelligence and Loyalists, let us be very clear this was a war crime carried out against a civilian population by British Intelligence services directed by the British Government, There have been numerous enquiries over the years but none have confronted that basic fact.

The actual group or organisation that carried out the attack is irrelevant, they were ordinary Working Class men sent out to do the dirty deeds of a higher power by those who had a very clear agenda, just as on the Republican side men were sent out to kill or die by a leadership who had a different agenda.

Let us remember that the murder of innocent civilians by the British Government is not confined to Ireland or to the past. In the past number of years they along with their American Allies and their proxies have murdered tens of thousands innocent men women & children in Iraq, Afganistan, Syria and many other places.

Let us also remember that collusion is not confined to The British, we have seen in this Bankrupt Corrupt Banana Republic the collusion between the State Police and Criminal elements particularly Drug Gangs.

This no more clearly evident than in the Kieran Boylan Case where Gardai under the direction and control of the current Garda Commissioner were controlling and importing huge quantities of heroin & cocaine which was sold to young people in working class communities like this one and others around this State, yet we see almost complete silence from the political and media class about something that should rock this state to the core.

Let us compare that to the demonization of Republicans when they stand up against those who ply death on our Streets.

So corrupt is this State that it will allow its own agents to be killed, it is now widely believed that those who killed Garda Adrian Donohoue last January were and are allowed carry out their drug dealing and other criminal activities as they are valuable assets to both the British & Irish Intelligence services.

 

Only this week we see further evidence of corruption in the removal of penalty points from those in the know including those of that well know Garda mouthpiece and peddler of lies the so called  Crime Journalist.

Remember it’s the very same parties in Government now as in 1974,

As we begin the decade of centenaries we will see an increase revisionism and rewriting of history, a new version will show that we the Irish people were the quilty ones, and that those who carried out attacks against the Republic and attacks like the one we remember today were the good quys.

During the visit of Elizabeth Windsor exactly two years ago why was she not brought to this spot in the centre of our city and asked to explain why her agents murdered 26 innocent men women and children, 39 years ago today.

Earlier today the families of the victims held a wreath laying ceremony at this spot, also present with them was the current Fine Gael Lord Mayor whose party stood by and covered up a war crime committed in this street, he and others attended on this spot as hypocritical as usual, having welcomed the war criminal commander in chief of those who carried out this attack to this city two years ago. They don’t appear see any contradiction in their quisling position

They fail to see that by their activities and those of their predecessors that they are just as guilty as those who directed this operation, by their silence they are culpable.

They think that they can stand here and remember the dead and ignore their own role, but then we know that those in power in Ireland only care about themselves. By their presence here they are adding further insult onto the bereaved.

It is important those of us here today particularly our young people learn our history and study these events and are then in a position to counteract this new revisionism. They must educate themselves and ignore what they read in the establishment media.

It is up to us all here today to keep the truth alive and to spread it as widely as possible, our revenge on those who carried out this attack will be the re-establishment of the Irish Republic coupled with the implementation of the Proclamation and of the democratic programme of Dáil Éireann, it is then that we can say that the innocents taken on this day 39 years ago did not die in vain.

Go raibh maith agat.