Minister Charlie Flanagan addresses ceremony in memory of late ambassador

Tree planting at Glencairn marks 40 years since IRA bomb

Minister Charlie Flanagan addresses ceremony in memory of late ambassador

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan | Photocall file photo

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, joined the British Ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott and members of the Ewart-Biggs family at a simple tree-planting ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the murders of Ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs and his colleague Judith Cooke.

The ambassador had only been in his new position 12 days when the IRA detonated a landmine underneath the car he was travelling in at a junction in Sandyford, Dublin in 1976. Two others were also injured in the blast.

Speaking at the event on Monday, Minister Flanagan said: “The two deceased individuals that we remember today demonstrate the great sacrifices which were demanded of too many during dark days in order to bring peace to Ireland"

"And we should also remember all those survivors who did their duty during these dark times so that we can enjoy better days – not least the late Sir Brian Cubbon and Brian O’Driscoll who were injured on that terrible day,” he added.

The Minister also paid tribute to Dominick Chilcott who is now at the end of his tenure as British Ambassador to Ireland after a four year term.