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Taoiseach asked to back call for public inquiry into La Mon bombing

The aftermath of the La Mon hotel bombing

TAOISEACH Micheál Martin has been urged to support a call for a public inquiry into the La Mon bombing 42 years ago.

The IRA fire-bomb at a hotel near Comber, Co Down detonated just minutes after a warning call was made.

A dozen people were killed and more than 30 injured.

Ulster Human Rights Watch is asking Mr Martin to support an inquiry. A similar call has been made to Secretary of State Brandon Lewis.

Writing to the taoiseach, advocacy manager Axel Schmidt said: "We are leaving no stone unturned to pursue this matter, which is why we are reaching out to you. Dublin can exercise its influence and work with victims of terrorism to get all the facts exposed.

"Your government can be seen as a force for good if it supports our demand and makes a stand with us on behalf of all the innocent victims in Northern Ireland, particularly those who still suffer grievously as a result of this appalling act.

"The pursuit of truth, justice and acknowledgement in this case warrants that, after 42 years, the victims of this barbaric act of terrorism and their families be provided with the identity of those involved and a full account of their involvement in ordering, planning and executing of this atrocity."

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