Irish and British ministers meet to discuss Dublin Monaghan bombings as part of North of Ireland's Fresh Start Agreement
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Irish and British ministers meet to discuss Dublin Monaghan bombings as part of North of Ireland's Fresh Start Agreement

BRITISH and Irish ministers will meet in Dublin today to discuss the Fresh Start Agreement.

North of Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will discuss the implementation of the Agreement, which will build on previous agreements made.

And one of the key topics up for discussion is the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

“Following the successful conclusion of talks last month, we have begun to implement the provisions of the Fresh Start Agreement,” Mr Flanagan said ahead of the talks.

A political deadlock in Stormont saw proceedings grind to a halt for 10 weeks earlier this year on the back of the fallout from the Kevin McGuigan murder.

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After Mr McGuigan’s death, PSNI claimed the IRA was still in existence for “paramilitary purposes”, which caused the crisis in Stormont.

Some 10 weeks of intense cross-party talks followed before a compromise was reached in the form of the Fresh Start Agreement.

The Agreement will build on previous political agreements and aims to work on "the goal of a Northern Ireland where politics works, the economy grows and society is stronger".

“Work has continued to progress the commitments on legacy in the Stormont House Agreement, with the needs of victims and survivors at the core of our focus in this regard,” Mr Flanagan continued.

"We will also discuss the Dáil resolutions regarding the Dublin and Monaghan bombings," he added.

The Dublin and Monaghan bombings happened on May 17, 1974.

The attack was carried out by unionist paramilitaries, mainly from the UVF, a 2003 report found - and killed 34 people including a full-term unborn child.

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Both the British and Irish Governments have been criticised by the victims' families for how they have handled investigations into the attacks.