Inquest into 1974 bombings reopens

Tuesday 27 April 2004 19.43
Dublin bombing - Inquest reopens
Dublin bombing - Inquest reopens

The inquest into the deaths of 34 people in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974 has resumed. It is expected to last for two weeks.

Victims' family members have been giving harrowing accounts of the last known movements of their loved ones.

The first witness, Patrick Fay, son of the late Patrick Fay Snr, told how his father was paying for petrol when the Parnell Street bomb exploded on 17 May 1974.

Peggy Watchford, a niece of the late Jack Dargle, told the inquest how the 80-year-old war veteran had survived World War One but could not survive a stroll around his own city.

Family members are continuing to give evidence to the inquest.

Earlier, Dublin City Coroner, Dr Brian Farrell, said that while the inquest would place as many facts as possible on the record, it could not investigate theories or speculation in relation to the deaths.