“Forty years after the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, which resulted in the largest death toll of any atrocity of the Troubles, the families and loved ones are still seeking the truth of what really happened, about who was responsible and how they got away with it. Not knowing the truth has further compounded the hurt over the years.
“The families of those killed and injured in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings have worked tirelessly, and with great dignity, to keep their campaign alive and the SDLP has been proud to support this work in what ways we can over the years.
“It is evident the British Government, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, must take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary to play a full role in bringing the truth to light.
“Through the Haass/O’Sullivan Process, the voice and authority of victims and survivors has never been stronger. The British Government must now recognize this and make the relevant documents available for an inquiry.
“The Irish Government is also calling on the British Government to allow access to, on an agreed basis, the original documents in their possession. The SDLP welcome this call, and I am confident that An Tánaiste will use the positive influence of the Irish Government to try and move this situation on.”