No Government apology for Ballymanus Mine Disaster

The Government has declined, at this time, to offer an apology for the state's handling of the Ballymanus mine disaster.

19 lives were lost in the incident which occurred in west Donegal on 10th of May 1943.

A mine washed ashore at Ballymanus and a crowd of young people gathered to watch the event, it exploded at 10pm causing the massive loss of life.

Deputy Pearse Doherty raised the issue in the Dail last night backing claims that the state acted with negligence:

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Responding, Minister Alan Shatter indicated the amount of time that has passed, would make attributing blame difficult:

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