Families of victims of Dundalk bombing make complaint to Police Ombudsman
A complaint on behalf of the families of the victims of the 1975 Dundalk bombing has been lodged with the Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland.
The complaint follows a meeting today between the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and representatives from Justice for the Forgotten. The idea behind the meeting was to hear the group’s perspective on the manner in which victims from the Troubles are being treated.
Justice for the Forgotten was established in 1996 to represent and support the bereaved families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. The group gradually extended their remit to include the families of other bomb attacks that took place south of the border during the 1970s, in Dublin in 1972 and 1973 and later in Belturbet, Dundalk and Castleblaney.
The group take issue to the fact that no one has ever been prosecuted in connection with any of the cross-border bombings and have openly questioned the complicity of the British state forces in Northern Ireland in the bombings, the actions of the Irish state in pursuing those responsible and the integrity of both the RUC and Garda investigations.
Two men – Jack Rooney (60) and Hugh Watters (51) – were killed in the bombing in Dundalk on December 19th 1975 at Kay’s Tavern (now the Crow’s Nest) on Crowe Street.
Their families claim they know who was responsible but are angered that no one has ever been brought to justice.