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86. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been progress in relation to the need for a full and comprehensive investigation into the bombing in Belturbet in December 1972 which caused the death of two young persons and injuries to many others; the level of co-operation with the Northern Irish and British authorities in relation to a thorough and full investigation into this atrocity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2136/18]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The bomb attack in Belturbet, Co. Cavan in December 1972 was an appalling atrocity and I extend my sympathies to those who were bereaved and injured in that terrible attack.
At the time of this tragic incident a full investigation was conducted by An Garda Síochána which involved close liaison with the authorities in Northern Ireland.  I am informed by the Garda Authorities that every possible avenue of inquiry was pursued at the time but, regrettably, it has not proved possible to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.  
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the investigation into these murders remain open.  It must be said that, with the passage of over forty years and no new evidence emerging, one must be cautious as to the prospect of bringing a successful prosecution.  Nonetheless, the Garda Authorities will pursue fully any new information or evidence that becomes available to them and would work with the PSNI to seek to progress the investigation if that is at all possible.  I would call on anyone with any relevant information about this atrocity to bring it to the attention of An Garda Síochána.
It is the case that dealing with the legacy of the troubles on this island is a difficult and complex task.  In the Stormont House Agreement a series of useful measures were agreed to put in place an overarching framework in this regard, including mechanisms to provide the families of victims with more information about the deaths of their loved ones where that is possible.  The Government remains fully committed to the implementation of those measures and we will continue to work with the British Government and the parties in Northern Ireland to give effect to them as soon as possible.