Progress on Omagh inquiry welcomed

DUP Deputy Leader Gavin Robinson MP and West Tyrone MLA Thomas Buchannan have welcomed the Omagh Bomb Public Inquiry taking a further step forward with Terms of Reference being announced but has questioned when the Republic of Ireland will hold a parallel Public Inquiry.

By Gavin Robinson MP

Belfast East

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Mr Robinson said,

“We supported the Omagh families’ call and the High Court’s recommendation for an inquiry. Today’s announcement is another step along the way in that process and should represent another step towards truth and justice for all those impacted by this atrocity.

The High Court was clear on the need for an Omagh Bomb Public Inquiry in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, yet Irish Ministers have refused to hold an Inquiry.

It is shameless that Dublin, where there has been an effective cessation to Troubles related cases since 1998, criticises the UK government despite its own abysmal record.

It is important that an inquiry proceeds both in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, but most important that it proceeds with the families’ support.”

West Tyrone MLA Tom Buchanan said,

“This step forward is a testament to the families’ determination. The Omagh victims’ families have shown great strength and focus throughout their campaign.

The cross-border nature of the incident is undeniable. There needs to be investigations on both sides of the border. Whilst the attack was perpetrated within Northern Ireland it was planned, prepared and transported from within the Republic. That was recognised by Mr Justice Horner’s conclusion in the application for a judicial review.

It is more important than ever that the Irish Government follows the lead that has been set and do not run away from their responsibility to help uncover the truth.”

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