Songs performed at U2’s Vancouver concert highlight the impact of Dublin/ Monaghan Bombings of May 1974 (Pat Finucane Centre)

Justice for the Forgotten and The Pat Finucane Centre welcome U2’s decision to highlight the plight of the bereaved families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings as their world tour began in Vancouver, Canada last night (Thursday 14 May).

The band’s song “Raised by Wolves” which was released last year deals with the direct and personal impact of that day, nearly 41 years ago, when three no-warning car bombs exploded in Dublin and a fourth caused devastation in Monaghan, on 17 May 1974, killing 34 people including a full-term unborn baby – the greatest loss of life on a single day of the Northern Ireland conflict.

During the performance of the song, images of the event and photographs of the victims are shown on stage. By including Justice for the Forgotten in the official tour programme of the band’s ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ world tour and by highlighting that no one has been brought to justice, U2 is joining the thousands of voices, including the entire Irish parliament, who have called for the release of classified documents on the bombing to an agreed judicial third party.

The families of those killed and those who survived the bomb explosions have welcomed U2’s principled decision.

Dubliner Pat Fay, whose father, Patrick, a civil servant aged 47, was killed in the Parnell Street explosion, said: -“One of the most popular bands in the world is lending its support to our call for truth. The ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ world tour will last for up to two years. There will be a focus on the Dublin & Monaghan Bombings at every concert from New York and Turin to Berlin and Barcelona. This means that the world will finally hear about the huge injustice inflicted upon families who had already suffered devastating loss.”

Bernadette Joly, who was aged 23 when she sustained serious injuries to both arms from flying shrapnel in the Talbot Street bomb, said: -‘We greatly welcome U2’s decision to highlight our loss and our need for justice and truth. At last, we feel the world will listen to our plight and demand that London open up the files and set the truth free.


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