At the time, the British and Irish governments were negotiating an Extradition Act that would make it easier to extradite IRA suspects from the Republic to the UK.  The Act was to come before the Irish parliament less than a month after the bombing.  The Irish government wanted the British to reform the justice system in Northern Ireland (such as by abolishing " Diplock courts ") before it would pass the Act. Many in the Republic insisted that the Act should only be passed after the reforms took place.  However, after the bombing, opposition to the Act dwindled   and it was passed by the Irish government, albeit with some changes.