Belfast Telegraph

Husband of Omagh bomb victim dies

A man left distraught by the loss of his wife, murdered in the infamous Omagh bombing, has died.

Laurence Rush said his life was destroyed when the car bomb planted by dissident republicans the Real IRA killed 29 people, including his wife Libby.

The 1998 atrocity caused the single biggest loss of life in the decades of violence in Northern Ireland. The victims included a woman pregnant with twins.

Mr Rush said at the time: "I have lost not only my wife, I have lost my soulmate."

The 70-year-old died in a nursing home outside Omagh in Co Tyrone after a period of illness.

Former victims commissioner Mike Nesbitt, now an Ulster Unionist politician, said many people would be saddened by the news.

"No one who heard his incredibly passionate, emotional and articulate statement about the loss of his wife could fail to be moved by what he said," Mr Nesbitt.

"It was as powerful an assessment of the impact of terrorism as you will ever hear."

He added: "Those who carry out and support terrorism should reflect on the life sentences they impose on people like Laurence Rush, and we should all bear in mind the impact this news will have on those most deeply impacted by the Omagh bomb and keep them in our thoughts at this time."

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