Thursday, May 16, 2024

Communist Party of Ireland: On the 50th anniversary of the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan terrorist attack

Statement: 50th anniversary of British state terrorism attack upon the Irish people in 1974.

The Communist Party of Ireland/Páirtí Cumannach na hÉireann once again expresses to solidarity with families of the victims of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings in 1974 on this the 50th anniversary of those bombing that murdered 33 and injured 300 of our fellow citizens, leaving many families and individuals scarred for life both emotional and physically. 

The bombing carried under the direction and coordination of British State Military Intelligence using its proxy forces loyalist para-militaries on this occasion the Ulster Volunteer Force(UVF). 

Three bombs were exploded on two very busy Dublin streets at a time when thousands of working people were shopping or going home from work. The Third Dublin bomb explored near Kildare St. The Monaghan bomb was detonated in the heart of the town. 

The then Irish government, a coalition of Fine Gael and the Labour Party was one of the most reactionary pro-imperialist governments produced by the Irish ruling class. At the time of the attack the Irish government was instituting a regime of repression against Republicans and all those who expressed solidarity with the people in the six counties.  The Irish governments published the Barron Report into the bombings in 2003 exposed the shambolic nature of the Garda Síochána's investigation into what was a terrorist attack on the Irish state, directed by the British State. 

The British State attack was a message to the Irish government to the Irish people of the likely consequences of any support or solidarity with the nationalist in the 6 counties.

The British continue to block and prevaricate in regard to supplying all materials in relation to these events. It was in the British state interests to bomb Dublin and Monaghan 50 years ago and it still in its interests to block any further exposure of this state directed crime. The British state has protected and continues to protect all those who planned and carried out the bombings. 

At a time when the Irish ruling class wants closer links with NATO, it should be remembered that Britain was then, and remains one of the most aggressive members of NATO. The attack shows that Britain doesn’t care for Irish democracy, neutrality and sovereignty. The British state then as now continues to protect its interests and interfering in the affairs of the Irish people. The lesson of history must be learned by each generation that British imperialism does not have friends but only interests to serve and pursue.