Irish premier Enda Kenny in Omagh bomb pledge

From left, Amanda McCallion, Frank Devlin, Cat Wilkinson, Stanley McCombe and Michael Gallagher, representatives of families of the Omagh bomb victims, arrive at Government Buildings in Dublin
From left, Amanda McCallion, Frank Devlin, Cat Wilkinson, Stanley McCombe and Michael Gallagher, representatives of families of the Omagh bomb victims, arrive at Government Buildings in Dublin

The Irish government has pledged to explore every available avenue to get to the truth behind the Omagh atrocity.

The declaration came after a meeting last night between the Omagh Support and Self Help Group and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The gathering in Dublin lasted roughly two-and-a-half hours and included the Republic’s justice minister.

In 2012, Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden was among those killed in the August 15 1998 attack by the Real IRA, had presented Mr Kenny with a report they had commissioned into the crime.

It stated that intelligence failings had occurred by both the British and Irish governments, said Mr Gallagher, and his hope is that a public inquiry will be launched into the matter.

After the meeting, the Taoiseach’s office issued a statement which said: “I assured them that the government will continue to work with the people of Omagh to pursue every avenue to get to the truth to ensure that those who perpetrated this atrocity are brought to justice.

“I told the group that the government would give a full response to all of the issues that they raised in the report that they submitted to the government following the conclusion of current criminal proceedings.”

This is understood to be a reference to the trial of Seamus Daly, announced in February. However, once proceedings conclude, Mr Gallagher said they hope to have some answers to the report’s findings within a month.

He said: “It went, from our point of view, pretty well.”