Belfast Telegraph

Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds first Omagh bomb talks

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Families of the Omagh bomb victims are to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin for the first time today.

They are expected to quiz Enda Kenny on actions arising from a confidential report which they handed to the British and Irish governments in 2012.

Michael Gallagher, who lost his son Aiden in the 1998 bomb attack, has previously criticised Mr Kenny's failure to meet Omagh victims since taking office in 2011, but described this evening's meeting as "significant".

He said: "Mr Kenny met us before when he was in the opposition but his priorities seemed to change when he became Taoiseach. He has met many other victims and individuals but he has always seemed to avoid us.

"We will be wanting to know what the Irish government has done with the document; what actions they have taken and how do they propose to address the issues raised."

A total of 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed and hundreds hurt when a 500lbs Real IRA car bomb ripped through the town in August 1998.

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