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'Real prospect' 1998 Omagh bombing was preventable: North Irish judge
A car bomb ripped through the Northern Irish town on 15 August 1998, killing 29 people and injuring 220 others in the deadliest single incident during The Troubles in Northern Ireland
AFP , Friday 23 Jul 2021
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A UK high court ruled Friday that it was plausible there had been a "real prospect" of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing.
A car bomb ripped through the Northern Irish town on 15 August 1998, killing 29 people and injuring 220 others in the deadliest single incident during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
"Certain grounds, when considered separately or together, give rise to plausible allegations that there was a real prospect of preventing the Omagh bombing," said Judge Mark Horner in Belfast.
He said this included "consideration of terrorist activity on both sides of the border by prominent dissident terrorist republicans" ahead of the bombing.
The bomb was planted by dissident pro-Ireland republicans opposed to the Good Friday peace deal signed in April 1998, which largely ended 30 years of sectarian strife in Northern Ireland.
A warning was called in before the explosion, but miscommunication meant police moved people towards the bomb's location.
No one has ever been criminally convicted for the atrocity, which drew widespread international condemnation and consolidated the peace process.
Horner's judgement was delivered after Michael Gallagher -- whose son was killed in the blast -- challenged a British government decision not to hold a public inquiry into the bombing.
Horner said he would not order a public inquiry.
 
British govt urged to conduct a probe
But he said the British government should conduct an investigation under article two of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which allows for a probe where a death involves the state.
"It is not within my power to order any type of investigation to take place in the Republic of Ireland," Horner said in a judgement summary.
"But there is a real advantage in an article two compliant investigation proceeding in the Republic of Ireland simultaneously with one in Northern Ireland."
He said "any investigation will have to look specifically at the issue of whether a more proactive campaign of disruption, especially if coordinated north and south of the border, had a real prospect of preventing the Omagh bombing."
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis said London "will take time to consider the judge's statement and all its recommendations carefully".
"I want to put on record my deep regret that the families of those killed and wounded have had to wait so long to find out what happened on that terrible day in 1998," he added.
"They deserve answers and I have great respect for their patience, grace and determination."
The Troubles saw 3,500 killed by bombs and bullets due to fighting between pro-Ireland republicans, pro-UK unionists and British security forces in the overseas province of Northern Ireland.
Prospective investigations and prosecutions over killings conducted in the three decades of violence have always been politically charged.
But last week the British government promised a new statute of limitations to end prosecutions on all sides, whether perpetrated by paramilitaries or security forces.
London has said the reforms are aimed at improving reconciliation efforts.
But all political parties and the families of those killed in Northern Ireland have insisted prosecutions are needed to bring closure.
 
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