1452. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Justice if all vacancies (details supplied) are advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19819/21]

1454. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Justice if any person can apply for a position (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19874/21]

1498. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice the efforts her Department is making to achieve gender balance on all State boards and agencies under the remit of her Department; if she will set out the changes achieved to date on each; if 50% of the membership of all boards, policy groups or agencies that provide advice to Government on matters of policy will be reserved for appropriately qualified individuals from the private sector in order to achieve a balance between the public and private sectors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20730/21]

1453. Deputy Pauline Tully asked the Minister for Justice if she will ensure further investigations are carried out into the Belturbet, Clones and Pettigo bombings of December 1972 following the unearthing of new information from Ministry of Defence documents regarding these bombings by a person (details supplied) that the RUC failed to provide intelligence to An Garda Síochána of a car stolen from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh and the identity of the loyalist paramilitary who was in possession of the car; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19829/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): On 28 December 1972, bombs exploded in three border towns, Clones, Co. Monaghan, Belturbet, Co. Cavan and Pettigo, Co. Donegal. The perpetrators of these bombings demonstrated a callous disregard for human life. Many people were injured and the bomb in Belturbet took the lives of two innocent young people.
The bombings were fully investigated by An Garda Síochána at the time with technical assistance from the Defence Forces and the close cooperation of the authorities in Northern Ireland.
It remains a source of great regret that in spite of a comprehensive investigation, it was not possible for those responsible to be prosecuted for their crimes. The bombings continue to inflict an intolerable suffering on the families of those who died and those who were injured.
I am aware of the work of the academic referred to by the Deputy, and have previously forwarded his research to An Garda Síochána with regard to the Belturbet bombing. I will also arrange to have the new information referenced by the Deputy forwarded to An Garda Síochána for their attention.
I would ask that anyone with any information in relation to these heinous acts should bring it to the attention of the Garda Authorities. Question No. 1454 answered with Question No. 1452. Question No. 1455 answered with Question No. 1439.