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Donna-Maria Barker, who lost her son James in the Omagh bomb explosion, leaves Belfast High Court after Sean Hoey was cleared of murdering 29 people in the 1998 bombing.

Donna-Maria Barker, who lost her son James in the Omagh bomb explosion, leaves Belfast High Court after Sean Hoey was cleared of murdering 29 people in the 1998 bombing.

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Donna-Maria Barker, who lost her son James in the Omagh bomb explosion, leaves Belfast High Court after Sean Hoey was cleared of murdering 29 people in the 1998 bombing.

A mother whose son was killed in the 1998 Omagh bombing will return to the town for the first time since his death to attend a special service.

James Barker was one of the 29 victims killed in the Real IRA attack in 1998, including a woman with unborn twins.

Donna-Maria Barker, originally from Londonderry now living in England, believes she will never see justice for her 12-year-old son in her lifetime.

Despite the anguish of her memory of that day, Mrs Barker will return to Northern Ireland this weekend for a special service dedicated to "children of the Troubles."

James had been on a coach trip to Omagh when the bomb went off.

In an emotional interview with Good Morning Ulster on Friday, Mrs Baker said that her return to Omagh was "a very difficult decision" and that it is was "going to be hard."

Mrs Baker spoke of how she thinks about her son "everyday, and every night before I go to bed."

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When asked what she thought of the people that planted the bomb that day, Mrs Baker replied: "I hate them. I know it's a strong word. I hate what they have done.

"I know it's sad, but I know if I lose that anger in me, I lose the fight for James."

No one has been convicted over the bombing and Mrs Baker believes the police know who was responsible.

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James Barker (12)

James Barker (12)

James Barker (12)

She told the radio show: "This was vicious and they wanted to maim and kill and I hate them, what they've done to my life and my kid's life."

The mother of the 12-year old stressed: "People will say 19 years, you can go on - life doesn't go on. Other peoples' lives go on, but I have to live with it every single day of my life."

Vowing she would never return to Northern Ireland after the atrocity she stated: "It is going to be hard, painful, and I'm doing it for James, only James, not for myself."

Mrs Baker, along with her youngest son, Oliver-Tristan, will attend the Children on the Troubles service at Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday.

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Breda Devine, 20 months

Breda Devine, 20 months

Esther Gibson

Esther Gibson

 Spaniard Gonzalo Cavedo poses with a child on his shoulders beside the car carrying the bomb that seconds later killed 29 people, including the  photographer

Spaniard Gonzalo Cavedo poses with a child on his shoulders beside the car carrying the bomb that seconds later killed 29 people, including the photographer

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush

Olive Hawkes, aged 60

Olive Hawkes, aged 60

Julie Hughes, aged 21

Julie Hughes, aged 21

Ann McCombe, aged 45

Ann McCombe, aged 45

Mary Grimes, aged 65

Mary Grimes, aged 65

Aiden Gallagher, aged 21

Aiden Gallagher, aged 21

The bomb attack was the worst ever atrocity of Northern Ireland's decades of violence.

The bomb attack was the worst ever atrocity of Northern Ireland's decades of violence.

Brian McCrory, left, aged 54

Brian McCrory, left, aged 54

Samantha McFarland, aged 17

Samantha McFarland, aged 17

Philomena Skelton, aged 39

Philomena Skelton, aged 39

Jolene Marlow, aged 17

Jolene Marlow, aged 17

The scene of the Omagh Bomb

The scene of the Omagh Bomb

Brenda Logue, aged 17

Brenda Logue, aged 17

Alan Radford, aged 16

Alan Radford, aged 16

Bryan White, aged 27

Bryan White, aged 27

Oran Doherty

Oran Doherty

Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine Wilson

Fred White

Fred White

Veda Short

Veda Short

Geraldine Breslin

Geraldine Breslin

Deborah-Ann Cartwright

Deborah-Ann Cartwright

 The scene of devastation in Omagh Town centre where upto 25 people have been killed in this afternoons blast. PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/08/98

The scene of devastation in Omagh Town centre where upto 25 people have been killed in this afternoons blast. PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/08/98

Gareth Conway,  Omagh bomb victim

Gareth Conway, Omagh bomb victim

James Baker, Omagh bomb victim

James Baker, Omagh bomb victim

Scene of the Omagh bomb atrocity 1998

Scene of the Omagh bomb atrocity 1998

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Cathy and Michael Gallagher, the sister and father of Omagh bomb victim, Aiden Gallagher.

Cathy and Michael Gallagher, the sister and father of Omagh bomb victim, Aiden Gallagher.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a chat with Claire Gallagher, who lost her sight in the Omagh bomb, before a friendly against Omagh Town in aid of the Omagh Bomb Fund.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a chat with Claire Gallagher, who lost her sight in the Omagh bomb, before a friendly against Omagh Town in aid of the Omagh Bomb Fund.

The happy couple — Ryan and Claire Bowse on their wedding day, nine years after Claire lost her sight due to injuries suffered in the Omagh bombing

The happy couple — Ryan and Claire Bowse on their wedding day, nine years after Claire lost her sight due to injuries suffered in the Omagh bombing

The damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, 1998

The damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, 1998

Donna Marie McGillion, who was seriously injured in the Omagh bombing

Donna Marie McGillion, who was seriously injured in the Omagh bombing

The secret email which shows intelligence bosses knew that Omagh was a prime target for a terrorist attack weeks before the car bomb that devastated the town

The secret email which shows intelligence bosses knew that Omagh was a prime target for a terrorist attack weeks before the car bomb that devastated the town

Claire Radford, whose brother Alan was killed in the Omagh bomb, examines a new stained-glass window in the town's library with her daughter Mia.

Claire Radford, whose brother Alan was killed in the Omagh bomb, examines a new stained-glass window in the town's library with her daughter Mia.

Michael Gallagher whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack Pic Paul Faith

Michael Gallagher whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack Pic Paul Faith

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Michael Gallagher (right), whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack with Stanley McCombe who lost  his wife Ann Pic Paul Faith

Michael Gallagher (right), whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack with Stanley McCombe who lost his wife Ann Pic Paul Faith

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Breda Devine, 20 months

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