The Taoiseach is to hold preliminary consultations with the Attorney General on taking a case to Europe over the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. Bertie Ahern made the comments following his discussions with British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday.

Mr Ahern told the Dáil there was an overwhelming view that there was collusion in the bombings, which caused the worst loss of life in a single day during the Troubles.  

He said he had put Ireland's case to Mr Blair clearly and succinctly and that the British side contended that it could not find evidence of collusion in the bombings.

The Taoiseach expressed dissatisfaction with aspects of the British response to the Barron report into the bombings and said the Government might have to consider taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights on the issue.