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1974 UVF Dublin bombings: Name of baby Martha O'Neill added to memorial

The name of baby Martha O'Neill has been added to a memorial in Dublin to remember those killed in the 1974 loyalist bombings

THE name of a baby girl has been added to a memorial in Dublin to remember those killed in the 1974 UVF bombings.

Martha O'Neill's name is now on the memorial in Talbot Street, following a campaign by her family.

Three car bombs exploded in Dublin during evening rush hour on May 17 1974. A fourth bomb exploded in Monaghan town 90 minutes later.

More than 30 people were killed and almost 300 injured in the UVF attacks.

Martha's father Edward John O'Neill was one of those killed on Dublin's Parnell Street. Two of his sons were also badly injured. Mr O'Neill's wife Martha was six months pregnant at the time.

As a result of the trauma, Mrs O'Neill's baby, also called Martha, was delivered stillborn three months later.

Baby Martha's brother Edward thanked Dublin City Council for adding his sister's name.

"The last 48 years since the murder of our father and the injuries to myself and my brother have been traumatic for us," he said.

"Now that this has been done our sister's name can be seen by everyone and acknowledged.

"It has been an emotional experience that remains with us to this day. Martha would have been the baby of the family. She was cheated out of a life.

"We never saw her grow up, blossom, have a career, and have a family of her own.

"Our dad will never be forgotten by us and now thankfully our sister's identity will now be known by all citizens of this country and every single person who passes by the monument.

The O'Neill family's request to have baby Martha's name added was approved by Dublin City Council's commemorations and naming committee.

Chairman, Sinn Féin councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, said members were unanimous in approving the request.

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