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Omagh families hold 'significant' meeting with Taoiseach

By Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met families of the Omagh bomb victims for the first time last night.

The meeting came at the request of Michael Gallagher who lost his son Aiden in the 1998 bomb attack. Twenty-nine people including a woman pregnant with twins were killed when a 500lb Real IRA car bomb ripped through the town in August 1998.

Relatives of those who died have previously criticised Mr Kenny for failing to meet them. However, last night a spokesperson for the Taoiseach said that he was "more than happy" to facilitate the meeting.

Members of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, which represents some relatives, have been calling for a full public inquiry for 14 years.

Mr Gallagher described the meeting with the Taoiseach as "significant". The families want to know what the Irish government has done since receiving a confidential report on the bombing more than three years ago.

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