It’s time for Dublin to stop lecturing on heritage and shine a light on its own past

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney co-chaired the legacy discussions with Brandon Lewis.  Ireland must open its archives Why has extradition been blocked at all times?  Why isn't Dublin ready to admit its grimy past?
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney co-chaired the legacy discussions with Brandon Lewis. Ireland must open its archives Why has extradition been blocked at all times? Why isn’t Dublin ready to admit its grimy past?

Dublin has the nerve to lecture anyone about the past and its own failures and misdeeds.

Dublin should commit to being an honest broker in this debate.

The Republic of Ireland has questions to answer about the murders that took place on its own soil and the alleged collusion that took place between agents of its state and Republican terrorists.

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The Dublin government should strive to have a positive contribution.

Soldiers and others were kidnapped and taken across the border to be brutally interrogated and murdered.

Then their bodies were brought back and thrown across the border.

Where were the Gardai’s investigations?

Why has extradition been blocked each time?

Why is Dublin not ready to admit its grim past in order to come to the aid of victims of terrorism?

Now, of course, we have ministers lecturing the UK government on issues of legacy when their own track records are tainted and kept under lock and key.

Ulster Human Rights Watch (UHRW) calls on Dublin to open its archives and do what Belfast has already done by making information freely available on the terrorist attacks launched from the Republic of Ireland and the veil of secrecy that was cast on his “blind” support for Republican terrorists.

It is time for Dublin to stop lecturing, shine a light on its own dark past and fulfill its human rights obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Axel Schmidt, Advocacy Officer, Ulster Human Rights Watch

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