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saoiRse THE VOICE OF THE REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT UIMH206 JUNE MEITHEAMH 2004 http://saoirse.rr.nu €1 (70p stg, USA $30 p.a.) THE British authorities in the Six Counties "absolutely refused" to attend or engage in any way with the 30 years delayed inquest into the victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, it was revealed recently. Specifically, the RUC/PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde refused to attend the inquest, which published its findings on May 20 last. The families ofthe 34 victims called for a public inquiry to be instigated by the Leinster House administration into the atrocities. They said it was a "disgrace" that the RUC/PSNI had snubbed the inquest. They said that this had damaged the investigation of collusion between loyalists and the British Crown Forces. The inquest jury also asked the Dublin administration to investigate further and reached verdicts of unlawful killing by person or persons unknown in the-death of all the victims. The public nature of the inquest was very valuable in revealing much information that was unknown to the public before. Details emerged of eyewitnesses who has information which was never followed up by STOP B CAMPAIGN June 25: Parnell Square Dublin, 7pm June 26: Dromoland Castle, Co Clare, 10am June 26: Picnic for peace, Phoenix Park, Dublin, 4pm (near US Ambassador's residence) except their name > a» 52 o 5og2 DO X 5=i 30 o 1? O v> • RUC Chief Constable Hugh Orde snubbed Dublin /Monaghan bombings' inquest. the 26-County police; of a police witness who placed a suspect in the bombings as working in the British army inside in Portadown barracks. The crucial fact ofthe refusal of the RUC/PSNI to have anything to do with the inquest has been largely buried in the establishment media. The Six-County forensic scientist who was sent crucial samples for analysis 11 days after the bombings also refused to co-operate. The reason this has been largely ignored by the Dublin media is because of its political implications. The snub to the inquest by the British authorities in the Six Counties generally points^ to a deliberate policy decision from the top, instruction those who were contacted to refuse to co-operate. UMISSHUifil BODENSTOWN 13, 2004 Assemble 2pm, Sailins. Co. Kildare Mart* 3c Went fcttfrgrtn *i l«4€l$io*t8 ta :> «*d «?c*at zn b> ORATION: SftRflH MURPHY, SOUTH ARMAGH !• Bus leaves Virgin Megasfore, Aston Quayi \Dubtin 12.45, TdiUe: €10. This exposes what republican Sinn Fein have always maintained: call them by a different name and change their uniform but the RUC/PSNI remains the same — a British colonial police force with the same attitudes to the Taigs', north or couth. Their members were centrally involved in the planning and execution of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974 along with British military intelligence. They have no intention, 30 years later, of going for any 'Paddy-inquest' to be interrogated about their involvement in the greatest mass-murder of the of the conflict in Ireland over the past 35 years. Their contempt for the relatives, the inquest and Irish people generally shows how nothing has changed in relation to British rule in Ireland since the signing of the Stormont Agreement. It also reveals the craven attitude of Bertie Ahern in relation to setting up a public inquiry into the bombings. He famously asked what would the point be in having an inquiry as 'we-would only be talking to ourselves', because the British have refused h to co-operate'. ' % Whenever establishment politicians talk about the 'new' police force in the Six Counties, ask them about the RUC/PSNI's attitude to the Dublin/Monaghan bombings' inquest. Ask them what Ask them what the RUC/PSNI have to hide. Ill-treatment of Maghabeny POWs RECENT provocative ations in Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim have raised concerns that the British administration has begun a campaign to divide Republican prisoners and remove them to jails in England and Scotland. This policy was revealed by SAOIRSE last January. The following is a record of events in Maghaberry prison from May 10 to May 15: A meeting took place in Maghaberry prison between the administration and screws on Monday, 10 May last. The reason for the meeting was not known but the outcome was clear, a combination of raids and ill-treatment of Republican prisoners. In the days following the meeting screws wearing boiler-suits and with dogs forced their way into cells, used foul and obscene language, called prisoners bad names and challenged them to fights in a clear attempt to force prisoners into confrontation. The prisoners showed good sense and refused to be drawn into confrontation. Strip-searching of prisoners was also carried out on a large scale. In the raids bedding was pull onto the floor and was soiled by the dogs. When prisoners asked for bedding to be replaced the screws refused to do so leaving prisoners to lie without bedding for almost a week. Prisoners weren't allowed hot water nor were they allowed to take meals outside their cells. Meals brought to cells by the screws were refused by prisoners, although it must be stressed there is not a no-eat ing protest or hunger strike. Prisoners who had to go to court were not allowed out of the cells to have a meal, and weren't allowed hot water. The prison was put on lock-down and prisoners were locked in their cells. One reason suggested by one of the prisoners for this week of ill- treatment of prisoners was that the screws may be looking for a reaction from prisoners to win back overtime that has been cut. If screws could force a reaction or protest lost overtime could be reinstated. It should also be pointed out that protesting prisoners could be removed from Maghaberry to prisons in England, Scotland or Wales. The only clear reason or known reason lies with those who carried out the ill-treatment of prisoners ie the prison regime and screws.
|Title||Issue 206, Saoirse : Irish Freedom (June, 2004)|
Dublin (Ireland) -- Newspapers
Northern Ireland--Politics and government--Periodicals
|Headline||RUC snubs inquest on 34 victims|
|Place of Publication||Dublin, Ireland|
|Publisher||Sinn Féin Poblachtach|
|Issue of||Saoirse : Irish Freedom|
|Language||English and Gaelic|
|Digital Publisher||IUPUI University Library|
|Format and Resolution||Full View: 400 dpi jpg 2000 ; Archived: 400 dpi tiff|
|Scanner||Konika Minolta PS7000C MKII|
|Digital Collection||Saoirse - Irish Freedom Newspaper (http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/irishnews/)|