Belfast Telegraph

Omagh remembers bombing victims

Families bereaved in the Omagh bombing will be able to raise their calls for a public inquiry in talks with the new Government next month, it has emerged.

The anniversary of the 1998 atrocity which claimed the lives of 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, was marked with an interdenominational service in the Co Tyrone town.

Representatives of the British and Irish governments were among those who attended the poignant event.

Prayers were read in various languages including Spanish, in memory of the victims of that country killed in the blast.

Northern Ireland Office (NIO) minister Hugo Swire said: "I was very pleased to be asked and very pleased to be able to come here today, 12 years after this appalling atrocity which for many people is still alive in their memories."

The Omagh bombing was carried out by the dissident Real IRA and there were calls for it to end its continuing campaign. On Saturday, three children were injured when a bomb planted by dissident republicans exploded in a bin in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Those present for the Omagh event, at a remembrance site near the scene of the attack, raised their hands in demonstration of the fact that the blood of further victims was not on the hands of ordinary people, who the event heard, continue to oppose violence.

There were also renewed calls for a full inquiry into the Omagh bomb.

Mr Swire said: "The secretary of state and I will be meeting with the families for the first time, since we became the government, towards the end of September. And I think that will be the proper place for us to have proper talks with them."

Asked if an inquiry had yet to be ruled out, he added: "I am saying we are meeting with the families at the end of September, that is the proper place to have these discussions."

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