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It’s relief, not happiness, as Omagh families vindicated in their pursuit of truth

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Stanley McCombe, who lost his wife, Ann, in the Omagh bombing, yesterday Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Stanley McCombe, who lost his wife, Ann, in the Omagh bombing, yesterday Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Michael Gallagher, who lost his son, Aiden, in the Omagh bombing, at the Omagh support centre yesterday Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael Gallagher, who lost his son, Aiden, in the Omagh bombing, at the Omagh support centre yesterday Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Solicitor John Fox (left) with Stanley McCombe (right) and Michael Gallagher (centre) yesterday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Solicitor John Fox (left) with Stanley McCombe (right) and Michael Gallagher (centre) yesterday. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Stanley McCombe, who lost his wife, Ann, in the Omagh bombing, yesterday Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

For Michael Gallagher, there was relief, sadness and vindication. But one word the Omagh bomb families were not using, as a High Court judge ruled there were “plausible arguments” that there was a “real prospect” of preventing the atrocity, was happiness.

Eight years of work through legal minefields ended in just a few brief moments.


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