THE Irish government said yesterday it is committed to pressing Britain into giving an international judge access to files on the worst day of atrocities in the Troubles.

Posted By: May 18, 2016

THE IRISH NEWS – Wednesday 18 May 2016

Ed Carty. Irish News (Belfast).Wednesday,May 18, 2016

On the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, which killed 33 people including a pregnant woman at full term, Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan said he would continue to demand the original police and security papers be opened.

“The government will continue to actively pursue this objective, and we have made it a commitment in the new programme for government,” the minister said.

A wreath-laying ceremony – organised by Justice for the Forgotten, which campaigns for an investigation into alleged British state collusion in the 1974 massacre – was held at the memorial on Talbot Street in Dublin, where one of the three bombs in the capital exploded. Two others were detonated on Parnell Street and

South Leinster Street in the co-ordinated attacks during rush hour on May 17.

The fourth no-warning bomb was set off in Monaghan town with the atrocities  blamed on the UVF. A floral tribute from U2 was left with the note: “Justice for the Forgotten. To all the victims and their families. In our thoughts and prayers on this day.”

Alan McBride, whose wife Sharon was blown up in the IRA Shankill bomb in 1993, said the question of truth and justice is as relevant today as it was in 1974.