Independent Statutory Inquiry into the Omagh bombings confirmed


The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has announced a public inquiry into whether the Omagh Bomb could have been prevented.

The decision follows long running judicial review proceedings led by Michael Gallagher whose son Aidan Gallagher died alongside 28 other people after a bomb exploded in the County Tyrone town on 15 August 1998.

Today, Mr Heaton-Harris confirmed there will be an Independent Statutory Inquiry into the disaster.

The inquiry will examine four issues identified by a 2021 High Court ruling including, the handling and sharing of intelligence, the use of cell phone analysis, whether there was advance knowledge or reasonable means of knowledge of the bomb and whether disruption operations could or should have been mounted, which may have helped prevent the Real IRA’s attack.

Hugh Southey KC acts for Michael Gallagher and is instructed by John Fox of Fox Law.

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