The Dublin and Monaghan bombings in May 1974 were the single worst day of the Troubles as 33 people and a full term unborn child were killed after a series of UVF car bombs detonated in the city centre and Monaghan town during rush hour on a Friday evening. Over three hundred people were seriously injured and 41 years on nobody has ever been brought to justice for the atrocity. Tonight U2 will pay a musical tribute to the victims during their gig in the 3Arena.
The band want to show their solidarity with the Justice for the Forgotten Group who are campaigning for the British government to release all documents connected with the investigation. During their song “Raised by Wolves” pictures of the deceased will be displayed on the big screen as they play the song which tells the story of the loyalist murders. The performance also includes sounds of explosions. U2 have featured the song and the tribute throughout their current “Innocence + Experience” tour which has been going since May.
Some of the victims families will be present tonight at the gig and their spokesperson Margaret Urwin says the families have been really touched by the support from U2.
“To have a band the calibre of U2 supporting our cause is a wonderful boost to our campaign, and our efforts to get the material that was never disclosed by the British Government,” she said.
“We think it is putting a great focus on the Dublin Monaghan bombings in a way that hasn’t happened up to now.”
Many security experts in both this country and the UK fully believe that there was collusion between British forces and a UVF gang to bomb the Republic in retaliation for IRA bombings in Northern Ireland. The Irish government has also requested the release of documents connected to the investigation from their British counterparts but as yet have not had any success.