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Irish State Sponsored Terrorism

After the Irish Government’s attempts to make political capital from the issue of collusion, with a partisan and fanciful report on alleged collusion by the British Government it is long overdue to consider the whole picture. They have been far from candid about their own collusion both by acts of commission and omission. The former was partially exposed by the Dublin Arms Trial but then here the Irish State managed to cover up the worst extent of the affair. However one major aspect of their collusion by an gross act of omission was in regard to the supply of explosives to the PIRA.

As a group FAIR can now reveal the main conclusion of a Report commissioned by their Research and Policy Unit. The shocking conclusion is that prior to the supply of Semtex by the Libyan government the PIRA’s major state sponsor of terrorism by way of supplying explosives was the Republic of Ireland. From the late 1960s and early 1970s the Dublin government ignored repeated warnings from their own armed forces that the IRA was able to secure explosives for its deadly bombing campaigns from the Irish Industrial Explosives Plant at Clonagh, Co Meath.

The Irish Defense Forces took responsibility for security at the plant on behalf of the Department of Justice. This means that responsibility for the failure to secure the explosives rests squarely with the Irish Government. Despite warning from the Irish army tasked with administrating the security at the factory nothing was done. From April 1974 Captain Patrick Walsh warned his superiors that the plant was perfect for the needs of Irish Republican terrorist groups. Indeed he was later to state that "It was a supermarket for bombers with no one on-duty at the checkout."

Even when honest Irish soldiers whose fears were falling on deaf ears reported the matter to their elected representatives in this case Patrick Donegan TD who was Minister of Defense the matter was covered up. However not all solders were so scrupulous as was shown in October 1974 when two Irish Army soldiers were convicted of stealing explosives Another senior army officer, Colonel James Cogan, later described the situation as "a scandalous and criminal lack of security". The diligence of Walshe and others were ended by the state on February 6, 1975 when unexpectedly, the military security duties at Clonagh were transferred to another unit.

This scandalous episode leads us to one inescapable conclusion – that collusion did exist and its trail led to the highest office in the Irish Government. The facts surrounding the PIRA’s procurement of explosives from this and other facilities which were under the control of the Irish State must be established. To the victims of such explosives we demand to know the truth and to see justice done. The Dublin government is every bit as guilty of supporting and supplying the PIRA as Gadafi and the Libyan government and they must address the matter just as Libya has to.


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