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State Papers: Sinn Fein played down dissident threat months before Omagh bombing

McGuinness told government that the Real IRA political wing ‘wasn’t a threat to anyone’

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Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness

Just months before the Real IRA bombed Omagh in 1998, Sinn Fein complained to the government that it was taking the threat from dissident republicans too seriously, declassified government files have revealed.

Despite the security, political and human impact of the Omagh bomb in August 1998, there is little significantly new about the atrocity in the files declassified at the Public Record Office in Belfast under the 20 year rule.


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