Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. Kitt):
“That Dáil Éireann:
bearing in mind the specific matters considered by the Government to be of significant public concern arising from the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on 17th May, 1974 which resulted in the deaths of thirty three people, including one pregnant woman and injuries to a significant number of people the evidence uncovered by the Garda investigation was deemed insufficient to support any prosecutions in relation to the bombings,
and noting the conclusions of the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry presented to the Taoiseach on 29th December, 2003 and its referral by motion to Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann on 10th December, 2003,
and further noting the Final Report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights with recommendations that a Commission of Investigation was the appropriate form of inquiry to investigate issues relating to the Garda investigation of the bombings and the missing documentation including Departmental, Garda Intelligence and any other documentation of relevance,
and further noting that a draft Order proposed to be made by the Government under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 (No. 23 of 2004) has been duly laid before Dáil Éireann in respect of the forgoing matters referred to, together with a statement of reasons for establishing a Commission under that Act,
approves the draft Commission of Investigation (Dublin and Monaghan Bombings) Order 2005.”
Question put and agreed to.