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The Omagh
Omagh
bombing was a car bombing that took place on 15 August 1998 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.[6] It was carried out by a group calling themselves the Real Irish Republican Army, a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) splinter group who opposed the IRA's ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement. The bombing killed 29 people (including a woman pregnant with twins) and injured some 220 others,[9] a death toll even higher than that of any single incident during what were considered 'the Troubles' (1968-10 April 1998). Telephoned warnings had been sent about 40 minutes beforehand, but were claimed to be inaccurate and police had inadvertently moved people towards the bomb.[10] The bombing caused outrage both locally and internationally,[8][11] spurred on the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
peace process,[3][4][12] and dealt a severe blow to the dissident republican campaign. The Real IRA denied the bomb was intended to kill civilians and apologised; shortly after, the group declared a ceasefire.[12] The victims included people from many backgrounds: Protestants, Catholics, a Mormon
Mormon
teenager, five other teenagers, six children, a mother pregnant with twins, two Spanish tourists,[13][14] and others on a day trip from the Republic of Ireland. Both unionists and Irish nationalists were killed and injured. It has been alleged that the British, Irish and US intelligence agencies had information which could have prevented the bombing, most of which came from double agents inside the Real IRA.[15] This information was not given to the local police, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).[15] In 2008 it was revealed that British intelligence agency GCHQ was monitoring conversations between the bombers as the bomb was being driven into Omagh.[16] A 2001 report by the Police Ombudsman
Police Ombudsman
said that the RUC Special
Special
Branch failed to act on prior warnings and slammed the RUC's investigation of the bombing.[17] The RUC has obtained circumstantial and coincidental evidence against some suspects, but it has not come up with anything to convict anyone of the bombing.[18] Colm Murphy was tried, convicted, and then released after it was revealed that the Gardaí forged interview notes used in the case.[19] Murphy's nephew, Sean Hoey, was also tried and found not guilty.[20] In June 2009, the victims' families won a GB£1.6 million civil action against four defendants.[21] In April 2014, Seamus Daly was charged with the murders of those killed;[22] however, the case against him was withdrawn in February 2016.[23]

Contents

1 Background 2 The attack

2.1 Preparation and warnings 2.2 Explosion 2.3 Aftermath 2.4 Reactions

3 Responsibility

3.1 Allegations 3.2 Prosecutions and court cases 3.3 Independent bombing investigation 3.4 Police Ombudsman
Police Ombudsman
report 3.5 Advance warning allegations 3.6 GCHQ monitoring

4 Victims' support group 5 Memorials

5.1 Media memorials 5.2 Omagh
Omagh
memorial

6 See also 7 References 8 Sources 9 External links

Background[edit]

v t e

The Troubles

Ireland 1960s

Battle of the Bogside/August 1969 riots

1970s

Battle of St Matthew's Falls Curfew 1970 Crossmaglen bombing Scottish soldiers' killings Operation Demetrius Ballymurphy massacre Newry
Newry
killings McGurk's bombing Balmoral showroom bombing Bloody Sunday Abercorn bombing Donegall St bombing Battle at Springmartin Battle of Lenadoon Springhill massacre Bloody Friday Operation Motorman Claudy bombing Benny's bombing Belturbet bombing Dublin bombings New Lodge Six shooting "Captain Black" killings Coleraine
Coleraine
bombings Rose & Crown Bar bombing Dublin-Monaghan bombings Conway's Bar Mountainview Tavern Strand Bar Bombing Miami Showband killings Bayardo Bar Tullyvallen massacre Belfast
Belfast
& Coleraine
Coleraine
attacks Drummuckavall ambush Dublin Airport bombing Dundalk & Silverbridge attacks Gilford bombing Reavey-O'Dowd killings Kingsmill massacre Castleblayney bombing Hillcrest Bar bombing Step Inn Pub Flagstaff incident Chlorane Bar Ramble Inn Jonesboro Gazelle downing La Mon bombing Crossmaglen Ambush Bessbrook bombing Warrenpoint ambush

1980s

Dunmurry train bombing Lough Foyle Bessbrook landmine attack Glasdrumman ambush Ballykelly bombing Ballygawley landmine attack Darkley killings Kesh ambush Gransha shootings Newry
Newry
mortar attack Killeen Landmine attack Ballygawley barracks The Birches barracks Clontibret invasion Loughgall ambush Enniskillen bombing Milltown Cemetery Corporals killings Avenue Bar shooting Lisburn van bombing Ballygawley bus bombing Orange Cross Social Club shooting Jonesborough ambush Derryard checkpoint

1990s

Downpatrick bombing Derrygorry Gazelle shootdown Operation Conservation Fort Victoria 1990 proxy bombs Mullacreevie ambush Cappagh killings Drumbeg killings Glenanne barracks Coagh ambush Donegall Arms shooting Teebane bombing Sean Graham bookmakers Clonoe ambush Cloghoge checkpoint Coalisland riots South Armagh
Armagh
sniper campaign James Murray's bookmakers IRA purge the IPLO Castlerock killings Cullaville occupation Battle of Newry
Newry
Road Shankill bombing Greysteel massacre Crossmaglen Lynx shootdown 1994 Shankill Road Killings Loughinisland massacre Connolly station bomb Drumcree crisis 1996 Killyhevlin Hotel bombing Thiepval barracks 1997 Coalisland attack July 1997 riots Newtownhamilton
Newtownhamilton
bombing Omagh
Omagh
bombing

Great Britain 1970s

Aldershot bombing Old Bailey bombing King's Cross & Euston stations M62 coach bombing Parliament bombing Guildford bombings Brook's bombing Harrow School Woolwich pub bombing Birmingham bombings Pillar box bombs Oxford Street bombing Caterham bombing London
London
Hilton bombing Green Park bombing Scott's bombing Walton's bombing Balcombe St siege

1980s

Chelsea bombing Hyde & Regent's Park bombings Harrods bombing Woolwich barracks Brighton bombing Inglis barracks Deal barracks

1990s

Lichfield shooting Downing St attack Victoria & Paddington station bombings London
London
Bridge bombing 1992 Manchester bombing Warrington bombings Bishopsgate bombing Heathrow mortar attacks Docklands bombing 1996 Manchester bombing

Mainland Europe

Rheindahlen bombing (Germany) Operation Flavius
Operation Flavius
(Gibraltar) 1988 Netherlands attacks Roermond killings (Netherlands) Osnabrück barracks (Germany)

Main article: Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
peace process Negotiations to end the Troubles had failed in 1996 and there was a resumption of political violence. The peace process later resumed, and it reached a point of renewed tension in 1998, especially following the deaths of three Catholic children in Orange Order-related violence in mid-July.[24] Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
had accepted the Mitchell Principles, which involved commitment to non-violence, in September 1997 as part of the peace process negotiations.[25] Dissident members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army
Provisional Irish Republican Army
(PIRA), who saw this as a betrayal of the republican struggle for a united Ireland, left to form the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) in October 1997.[25][26] The RIRA began its paramilitary campaign with an attempted car bombing in Banbridge, County Down on 7 January 1998, which involved a 300 pounds (140 kg) explosive that was defused by security forces.[26] Later that year, it mounted attacks in Moira, Portadown, Belleek, Newtownhamilton
Newtownhamilton
and Newry, as well as bombing Banbridge
Banbridge
again on 1 August, which caused thirty-five injuries but no deaths.[26] The attack at Omagh
Omagh
took place 13 weeks after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which was intended to be a comprehensive solution to the Troubles and had broad support both in Ireland
Ireland
and internationally.[27][28] Bombs had exploded in Omagh
Omagh
twice before. On 17 May 1973, four off-duty British Army
British Army
soldiers were killed by a Provisional IRA booby-trap bomb while getting into a car, outside the Knock-na-Moe Castle Hotel, Omagh. One died of his injuries on 3 June 1973. On 25 June 1973, three Provisional IRA volunteers were killed in a premature bomb explosion while travelling in a car on Gortin Road, near Omagh.[citation needed] The attack[edit] Preparation and warnings[edit]

Lower Market Street, site of the bombing, 2001. The courthouse is in the background

On 13 August, a maroon Vauxhall Cavalier
Vauxhall Cavalier
was stolen from outside a block of flats in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.[29] At that time it bore the County Donegal
County Donegal
registration number of 91 DL 2554. The perpetrators replaced its Republic of Ireland
Ireland
number plates with false Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
plates (MDZ 5211) and the car was loaded with 230 kilograms (510 lb) of fertiliser-based explosives.[14][29] On the day of the bombing, they drove the car across the Irish border and at about 14:19 parked the vehicle outside S.D. Kells' clothes shop in Omagh's Lower Market Street, on the southern side of the town centre, near the crossroads with Dublin Road.[14] They could not find a parking space near the intended target, the Omagh
Omagh
courthouse.[30] The car had arrived from an easterly direction. The two male occupants then armed the bomb and upon exiting the car, walked east down Market Street towards Campsie Road. Two Spanish tourists stopped beside the car, and were photographed. The photographer died in the bombing, but the man and child in the photograph survived.[citation needed] Three phone calls were made warning of a bomb in Omagh, using the same codeword that had been used in the Real IRA's bomb attack in Banbridge two weeks earlier.[31] At 14:32, a warning was telephoned to Ulster Television saying, "There's a bomb, courthouse, Omagh, main street, 500lb, explosion 30 minutes."[31] One minute later, the office received a second warning saying, "Martha Pope (which was the RIRA's code word), bomb, Omagh
Omagh
town, 15 minutes". The caller claimed the warning on behalf of "Óglaigh na hÉireann".[31] The next minute, the Coleraine
Coleraine
office of the Samaritans received a call stating that a bomb would go off on "main street" about 200 yards (180 m) from the courthouse.[31] The recipients passed on the information to the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).[31] The BBC News stated that police "were clearing an area near the local courthouse, 40 minutes after receiving a telephone warning, when the bomb detonated. But the warning was unclear and the wrong area was evacuated".[32] The warnings mentioned "main street" when no street by that name existed in Omagh, although Market Street was the main shopping street in the town.[29] The nature of the warnings led the police to place a cordon across the junction of High Street and Market Street at Scarffes Entry. They then began to evacuate the buildings and move people down the hill from the top of High Street and the area around the courthouse to the bottom of Market Street where the bomb was placed.[4][29][31][32][33] The courthouse is roughly 400 metres (1,300 ft) from the spot where the car bomb was parked.[33][34] Explosion[edit]

The scene in Market Street minutes after the bomb went off. Survivors are shown helping the injured

The car bomb detonated at about 15:10 BST in the crowded shopping area,[32] resulting in the deaths of 21 people at the scene, who had been in the vicinity of the vehicle. Eight more people would die on the way to or in hospital. The people who died included a pregnant woman, six children, and six teenagers.[13] Those who were killed were James Barker (12), Seán McLaughlin (12) and Oran Doherty (8), from County Donegal, Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocío Abad Ramos (23) from Spain, Geraldine Breslin (43), Gareth Conway (18), Breda Devine (1), Aidan Gallagher (21), Mary Grimes (65), Brenda Logue (17), Brian McCrory (54), Seán McGrath (61), Jolene Marlow (17), Avril Monaghan (30; pregnant with twins), Maura Monaghan (1), Elizabeth Rush (57), Philomena Skelton (39), all Catholics; Deborah-Anne Cartwright (20), Esther Gibson (36), Olive Hawkes (60), Julia Hughes (21), Ann McCombe (48), Samantha McFarland (17), Alan Radford (16), Veda Short (56), Fred White (60), Bryan White (26), and Lorraine Wilson (15), all Protestants, were killed. Seán McGrath was the last victim to die, remaining in a critical condition in hospital three weeks before he died from his injuries on 5 September 1998.) [13][35] Injured survivor Marion Radford described hearing an "unearthly bang", followed by "an eeriness, a darkness that had just come over the place", then the screams as she saw "bits of bodies, limbs or something" on the ground while she searched for her 16-year-old son, Alan. She later discovered he had been killed only yards away from her, the two having become separated minutes before the blast.[29][36] In a statement on the same day as the bombing, RUC Chief Constable Ronnie Flanagan accused the RIRA of deliberately trying to direct civilians to the bombing site.[34] British government prosecutor Gordon Kerr QC called the warnings "not only wrong but... meaningless" and stated that the nature of the warnings made it inevitable that the evacuations would lead to the bomb site.[37] The RIRA strongly denied that it intended to target civilians.[31][38] It also stated that the warnings were not intended to lead people to the bombing site.[31] During the 2003 Special Criminal Court
Special Criminal Court
trial of RIRA director Michael McKevitt, witnesses for the prosecution stated that the inaccurate warnings were accidental.[30] Aftermath[edit]

Tyrone County Hospital, where many of the bomb victims were taken.

The BBC News stated that those "who survived the car bomb blast in a busy shopping area of the town described scenes of utter carnage with the dead and dying strewn across the street and other victims screaming for help".[32] The injured were initially taken to two local hospitals, the Tyrone County Hospital
Tyrone County Hospital
and the Erne Hospital.[33] A local leisure centre was set up as a casualty field centre, and Lisanelly Barracks, an army base served as an impromptu morgue.[33][34] The Conflict Archive on the Internet
Conflict Archive on the Internet
project has stated that rescue workers described the scene as "battlefield conditions".[33] Tyrone County Hospital
Tyrone County Hospital
became overwhelmed, and appealed for local doctors to come in to help.[32][34] Because of the stretched emergency services, people used buses, cars and helicopters to take the victims to other hospitals in Northern Ireland,[32][34] including the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast
Belfast
and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.[33] A Tyrone County Hospital
Tyrone County Hospital
spokesman stated that they treated 108 casualties, 44 of whom had to be transferred to other hospitals.[34] Paul McCormick of the Northern Ireland
Ireland
Ambulance Service said that, "The injuries are horrific, from amputees, to severe head injuries to serious burns, and among them are women and children."[32] The day after the bombing, the relatives and friends of the dead and injured used Omagh
Omagh
Leisure Centre to post news.[33] The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland
Ireland
personally visited some of the injured[33] and churches across Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
called for a national day of mourning.[39] Church of Ireland
Ireland
Archbishop
Archbishop
of Armagh
Armagh
Robin Eames stated on BBC Radio
BBC Radio
that, "From the Church's point of view, all I am concerned about are not political arguments, not political niceties. I am concerned about the torment of ordinary people who don't deserve this."[39] Reactions[edit] The nature of the bombing created a strong international and local outcry against the RIRA and in favour of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
peace process.[3][4] Prime Minister Tony Blair
Tony Blair
called the bombing an "appalling act of savagery and evil."[8][32] Queen Elizabeth II expressed her sympathies to the victims' families, while the Prince of Wales paid a visit to the town and spoke with the families of some of the victims.[32][40] Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
and President Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
also expressed their sympathies.[33] Social Democratic and Labour Party leader John Hume
John Hume
called the perpetrators of the bombing "undiluted fascists".[41] Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness
said "This appalling act was carried out by those opposed to the peace process" while Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
said "I am totally horrified by this action. I condemn it without any equivocation whatsoever."[11] McGuinness mentioned the fact that both Catholics
Catholics
and Protestants
Protestants
alike were injured and killed, saying, "All of them were suffering together. I think all them were asking the question 'Why?', because so many of them had great expectations, great hopes for the future."[11] Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
as an organisation initially refused to co-operate with the investigation into the attack, citing the involvement of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.[42] On 17 May 2007, McGuinness stated that Irish republicans would co-operate with an independent, international investigation if one is created.[43] On 22 August 1998, the Irish National Liberation Army
Irish National Liberation Army
called a ceasefire in its operations against the British government.[33][44][45] The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism
Terrorism
has accused the republican paramilitary organisation of providing supplies for the bombing.[45] The INLA continued to observe the ceasefire although it remains opposed to the Good Friday Agreement. In 2010, it began decommissioning its arms.[45] The RIRA also suspended operations for a short time after the Omagh
Omagh
bombing before returning to violence.[33] The RIRA came under pressure from the PIRA after the bombing; PIRA members visited the homes of 60 people connected with the RIRA and ordered them to disband and stop interfering with PIRA arms dumps.[26] The BBC News reported that, "Like the other bombings in the early part of 1998 in places like Lisburn and Banbridge, Omagh
Omagh
was a conscious attempt by republicans who disagreed with the political strategy of Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
and Martin McGuinness, to destabilise Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
in that vulnerable moment of hope. It failed — but there is a terrible irony to the way in which the campaign was halted only by the wave of revulsion triggered by the carnage at Omagh."[3] Responsibility[edit] Allegations[edit] No group claimed responsibility on the day of the attack, but the RUC suspected the RIRA.[34][46] The RIRA had carried out a car bombing in Banbridge, County Down, two weeks before the Omagh
Omagh
bombing.[34] Three days after the attack, the RIRA claimed responsibility and apologised for the attack.[12][38] On 7 February 2008, a RIRA spokesman stated that, "The IRA had minimal involvement in Omagh. Our code word was used; nothing more. To have stated this at the time would have been lost in an understandable wave of emotion" and " Omagh
Omagh
was an absolute tragedy. Any loss of civilian life is regrettable."[47] On 9 October 2000, the BBC's Panorama programme aired the special Who Bombed Omagh? hosted by journalist John Ware.[29] The programme quoted RUC Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Ronnie Flanagan as saying, "sadly up to this point we haven't been able to charge anyone with this terrible atrocity". The programme alleged that the police on both sides of the Irish border knew the identity of the bombers.[29] It stated that, "As the bomb car and the scout car headed for the border, the police believe they communicated by mobile phone. This is based on an analysis of calls made in the hours before, during and after the bombing. This analysis may prove to be the key to the Omagh
Omagh
bomb investigation."[29] Using the phone records, the programme gave the names of the four prime suspects as Oliver Traynor, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy, and Seamus Daly.[29] The police had leaked the information to the BBC since it was too circumstantial and coincidental to be used in court.[18] Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Secretary Peter Mandelson
Peter Mandelson
praised the Panorama programme, calling it "a very powerful and very professional piece of work".[48] Irish Taoiseach
Taoiseach
Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern
criticised it, saying that "bandying around names on television" could hinder attempts to secure convictions. First Minister David Trimble
David Trimble
stated that he had "very grave doubts" about it.[48] Lawrence Rush, whose wife Elizabeth died in the bombing, tried legally to block the programme from being broadcast, saying, "This is media justice, we can't allow this to happen".[49] Democratic Unionist Party assembly member Oliver Gibson, whose niece Esther died in the bombing, stated that the government did not have the will to pursue those responsible and welcomed the programme.[49] The police believe that the bombing of BBC Television Centre in London on 4 March 2001 was a revenge attack for the broadcast.[50] On 9 April 2003, the five RIRA members behind the BBC office's bombing were convicted and sentenced for between 16 and 22 years.[51] Prosecutions and court cases[edit]

Wikinews has related news: Armagh
Armagh
man charged with 1998 bombing murders

On 22 September 1998, the RUC and Gardaí
Gardaí
arrested twelve men in connection with the bombing. They subsequently released all of them without charge.[43] On 25 February 1999, they questioned and arrested at least seven suspects.[43] Builder and publican Colm Murphy, from Ravensdale, County Louth, was charged three days later for conspiracy and was convicted on 23 January 2002 by the Republic's Special Criminal Court.[43] He was sentenced to fourteen years.[19] In January 2005, Murphy's conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered by the Court of Criminal Appeal, on the grounds that two Gardaí
Gardaí
had falsified interview notes, and that Murphy's previous convictions were improperly taken into account by the trial judges.[19] On 28 October 2000, the families of four children killed in the bombing – James Barker, 12, Samantha McFarland, 17, Lorraine Wilson, 15, and 20-month-old Breda Devine – launched a civil action against the suspects named by the Panorama programme.[43] On 15 March 2001, the families of all twenty-nine people killed in the bombing launched a £2-million civil action against RIRA suspects Seamus McKenna (died 14 July 2013), Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy, and Seamus Daly.[43] Former Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
secretaries Peter Mandelson, Tom King, Peter Brooke, Lord Hurd, Lord Prior, and Lord Merlyn-Rees signed up in support of the plaintiffs' legal fund.[43] The civil action began in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
on 7 April 2008.[52] On 6 September 2006, Murphy's nephew, Sean Hoey, an electrician from Jonesborough, County Armagh, went on trial accused of 29 counts of murder, and terrorism and explosives charges.[53] Upon its completion, Hoey's trial found on 20 December 2007 that he was not guilty of all 56 charges against him.[54] On 24 January 2008, former Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Ronnie Flanagan apologised to the victims' families for the lack of convictions in relation to the Omagh
Omagh
bombing.[55] This apology was rejected by some of the victims' families.[55] After the Hoey verdict, BBC News reporter Kevin Connolly stated that, "The Omagh
Omagh
families were dignified in defeat, as they have been dignified at every stage of their fight for justice. Their campaigning will go on, but the prospect is surely receding now that anyone will ever be convicted of murdering their husbands and brothers and sisters and wives and children."[3] Police Service of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Sir Hugh Orde
Hugh Orde
stated that he believed there would be no further prosecutions.[20] On 8 June 2009, the civil case taken by victims' relatives concluded, with Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly being found to have been responsible for the bombing. Seamus McKenna (died 14 July 2013) was cleared of involvement.[21] The others were held liable for GB£1.6 million of damages. It was described as a "landmark" damages award internationally.[56] Murphy and Daly appealed and were granted a retrial, but this second trial also found them responsible for the bombing, with the judge describing the evidence as overwhelming.[57] On 10 April 2014 Daly was charged with murdering the 29 victims of the Omagh
Omagh
bombing and with other offences.[58] Daly lived in Cullaville, County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. He was arrested in Newry
Newry
by police after he crossed the border into Northern Ireland.[59] The case against Daly was withdrawn in February 2016, with the Public Prosecution Service deciding there was "no reasonable prospect of conviction".[60] Independent bombing investigation[edit] On 7 February 2008, the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Policing Board decided to appoint a panel of independent experts to review the police's investigation of the bombing. Some of the relatives of the bombing victims criticised the decision, saying that an international public inquiry covering both the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
and Northern Ireland should be established instead. The review is to determine whether enough evidence exists for further prosecutions. It is also to investigate the possible perjury of two police witnesses made during Sean Hoey's trial.[61] Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Policing Board member Alex Maskey stated that, " Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
fully supports the families' right to call for a full cross-border independent inquiry while the Policing Board has its clear and legal obligation to scrutinise the police handling of the investigations ... We recognise that the board has a major responsibility in carrying out our duty in holding the PSNI to account in the interests of justice for the Omagh
Omagh
families".[62] Police Ombudsman
Police Ombudsman
report[edit] Police Ombudsman
Police Ombudsman
Nuala O'Loan published a report on 12 December 2001 that strongly criticised the RUC over its handling of the bombing investigation.[17][63][64] Her report stated that RUC officers had ignored the previous warnings about a bomb and had failed to act on crucial intelligence.[34][63][65] She went on to say that officers had been uncooperative and defensive during her inquiry.[65] The report concluded that, "The victims, their families, the people of Omagh
Omagh
and officers of the RUC were let down by defective leadership, poor judgement and a lack of urgency."[17] It recommended the setting up of a new investigation team independent of the new Police Service of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(PSNI), which had since replaced the RUC, led by a senior officer from an outside police force.[17] Initially, the Police Association, which represents both senior officers and rank and file members of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
police, went to court to try to block the release of the O'Loan report.[34][65] The Association stated that, "The ombudsman's report and associated decisions constitute a misuse of her statutory powers, responsibilities and functions."[65] The group later dropped its efforts.[34][66] RUC Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Ronnie Flanagan called the report "grossly unfair" and "an erroneous conclusion reached in advance and then a desperate attempt to find anything that might happen to fit in with that."[17] Other senior police officers also disputed the report's findings.[63][65] Flanagan issued a 190-page counter-report in response, and has also stated that he has considered taking legal action.[17][67] He argued that the multiple warnings were given by the RIRA to cause confusion and lead to a greater loss of life.[34][68] Assistant Chief Constables Alan McQuillan and Sam Kincaid sent affidavits giving information that supported the report.[65] The families of the victims expressed varying reactions to the report.[69] Kevin Skelton, whose wife Philomena died in the attack, said that, "After the bomb at Omagh, we were told by Tony Blair
Tony Blair
and the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, that no stone would be left unturned ... It seems to me that a lot of stones have been left unturned," but then expressed doubt that the bombing could have been prevented.[69] Lawrence Rush, whose wife Elizabeth died in the attack, said that, "There's no reason why Omagh
Omagh
should have happened – the police have been in dereliction of their duty."[69] Other Omagh residents said that the police did all that they could.[69] The Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph called the report a "watershed in police accountability" and stated that it "broke the taboo around official criticism of police in Northern Ireland".[63] Upon leaving office on 5 November 2007, Nuala O'Loan stated that the report was not a personal battle between herself and Sir Ronnie, and did not lead to one. She stated that the "recommendations which we made were complied with".[63] Advance warning allegations[edit] In 2001, a double agent known as Kevin Fulton claimed he told his MI5 handlers three days before the bombing that the RIRA was about to bring a "huge bomb" across the border.[70] Fulton claims he also told them who he believed was making it and where it was being made.[70] He said that MI5
MI5
did not pass his information over to the police.[70][71][72] RUC Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Ronnie Flanagan called the allegations "preposterous" and said the information Fulton gave his handlers was full of "distortions and inaccuracies".[70] However, Flanagan admitted that some of Fulton's information was not passed to RUC Special Branch, due to "an administrative error".[70] In September 2001, British security forces informer Willie Carlin said the Ombudsman had obtained evidence confirming Fulton's allegations. A spokesman for the Ombudsman neither confirmed nor denied this assertion.[71] David Rupert, an American citizen, was jointly run as an agent by MI5 and the FBI. He worked as a fundraiser for the RIRA. On 11 August 1998, four days before the bombing, Rupert informed his MI5
MI5
handlers that the RIRA was planning a car bomb attack in Omagh
Omagh
or Derry. It is not known whether this information was passed to the RUC Special Branch.[73] The Gardaí
Gardaí
also had an agent close to the RIRA at the time. The agent, Paddy Dixon, stole cars for the RIRA, who used them to transport bombs.[74] Days before the bombing, the RIRA had Dixon steal the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier
Vauxhall Cavalier
it would use in the attack.[74] Dixon immediately told his handler; Detective Sergeant John White. On 12 August, White passed this on to his superior; Detective Chief Superintendent Dermot Jennings.[74] According to White, Jennings told him that they would let the bomb go through, mainly so that the RIRA would not become suspicious of Dixon.[74] Dixon fled the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
in January 2002. The following year, a transcript of a conversation between Dixon and White was released. In it, Dixon confirms that Gardaí
Gardaí
let the bomb go through and says that " Omagh
Omagh
is going to blow up in their faces".[75] In February 2004, PSNI Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Hugh Orde
Hugh Orde
called for the Republic of Ireland
Ireland
to hand over Dixon.[34] In March 2006, Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Orde stated that "security services did not withhold intelligence that was relevant or would have progressed the Omagh
Omagh
inquiry".[76] He stated that the dissident republicans investigated by MI5
MI5
were members of a different cell than the perpetrators of the Omagh
Omagh
bombing.[76] A 2013 independent report concluded that the British, Irish and American intelligence agencies "starved" police in Omagh
Omagh
of intelligence that could have prevented the bombing. The report was commissioned by the victims' families and produced by Rights Watch (UK).[77] GCHQ monitoring[edit] A BBC Panorama documentary, named "Omagh: What the police were never told", was aired in September 2008. It revealed that the British intelligence agency GCHQ was monitoring mobile phone calls between the bombers as the bomb was being driven into Omagh.[78] Ray White, former Assistant Chief of RUC Special
Special
Branch, said GCHQ had been monitoring mobile phones at their request. He said he believed GCHQ were listening to the phone calls 'live', rather than merely recording them for later.[78] Panorama journalist John Ware claimed that a listening device had been hidden in the car and that GCHQ had recordings of what was said. None of this information was given to the RUC in Omagh
Omagh
at the time.[78] Transcripts of the phone calls were later handed over to RUC Special
Special
Branch.[32] Victims' support group[edit] The families of the victims of the bomb created the Omagh
Omagh
Support and Self Help Group after the bombing.[79] The organisation is led by Michael Gallagher, whose 21-year-old son, Aidan, was killed in the Omagh
Omagh
attack.[80] Its web site provides over 5000 newspaper articles, video recordings, audio recordings, and other information sources relating to the events leading up to and following the bombing as well as information about other terrorist attacks.[81] The group's five core objectives are "relief of poverty, sickness, disability of victims", "advancement of education and protection", "raising awareness of needs and experiences of victims, and the effects of terrorism", "welfare rights advice and information", and "improving conditions of life for victims".[79] The group also provides support to victims of other bombings in Ireland, as well other terrorist bombings, such as the 2004 Madrid train bombings.[79] The group has protested outside meetings of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, an Irish republican
Irish republican
political activist group opposed to the Good Friday Agreement
Good Friday Agreement
that the families believe is part of the RIRA.[82] In April 2000, the group argued that the attack breached Article 57 of the Geneva Convention
Geneva Convention
and stated that they will pursue the alleged bombers using international law.[83] Michael Gallagher told BBC Radio Ulster that, "The republican movement refused to co-operate and those people hold the key to solving this mystery. Because they have difficulty in working with the RUC and Gardaí, we can't get justice."[83] In January 2002, Gallagher told BBC News that, "There is such a deeply-held sense of frustration and depression" and called the anti-terrorist legislation passed in the wake of the Omagh
Omagh
bombing "ineffective".[84] He expressed support for the controversial Panorama programme, stating that it reminded "people that what happened in Omagh
Omagh
is still capable of happening in other towns".[49] In February 2002, Prime Minister Tony Blair
Tony Blair
declined a written request by the group to meet with him at Downing Street. Group members accused the Prime Minister of ignoring concerns about the police's handling of the bombing investigation.[85] A Downing Street
Downing Street
spokesman stated that, "The Prime Minister of course understands the relatives' concerns, but [he] believes that a meeting with the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Office is the right place to air their concerns at this stage."[85] The death of Adrian Gallagher, along with the experiences of his father Michael and those of other families in the Omagh
Omagh
Support and Self Help Group formed the story of the television film Omagh, a Channel 4-RTÉ co-production.[80] Film-maker Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
stated "the families of the Omagh
Omagh
Support and Self Help Group have been in the public eye throughout the last five years, pursuing a legal campaign, shortly to come before the courts, with far reaching implications for all of us and it feels the right moment for them to be heard, to bring their story to a wider audience so we can all understand the journey they have made."[80] In promotion for the film, Channel 4
Channel 4
stated that the group had pursued "a patient, determined, indomitable campaign to bring those responsible for the bomb to justice, and to hold to account politicians and police on both sides of the border who promised so much in the immediate aftermath of the atrocity but who in the families' eyes have delivered all too little."[80] Memorials[edit] Media memorials[edit] The bombing inspired the song "Paper Sun" by British hard rock band Def Leppard.[86] Another song inspired by the bombings was "Peace on Earth" by rock group U2.[87] It includes the line, "They're reading names out over the radio. All the folks the rest of us won't get to know. Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann, and Breda."[87] The five names mentioned are five of the victims from this attack.[87] Another line, "She never got to say goodbye, To see the colour in his eyes, now he's in the dirt" was about how James Barker, a victim, was remembered by his mother Donna Barker in an article in the Irish Times
Irish Times
after the bombing in Omagh.[87] The Edge
The Edge
has described the song as "the most bitter song U2 has ever written".[88] The names of all 29 people killed during the bombing were recited at the conclusion of the group's anti-violence anthem "Sunday Bloody Sunday" during the Elevation Tour; one performance is captured on the concert video U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland.[89] Irish state broadcaster RTÉ and UK network Channel 4
Channel 4
co-produced the 2004 film Omagh
Omagh
dramatising the events surrounding the bombing and its aftermath. It was directed by Pete Travis and was first shown on television in both countries in May, 2004. Omagh
Omagh
memorial[edit]

Omagh
Omagh
Memorial at the bomb site

In late 1999, Omagh
Omagh
District Council established the Omagh
Omagh
Memorial Working Group to devise a permanent memorial to the bombing victims.[7] Its members come from both public and private sectors alongside representatives from the Omagh
Omagh
Churches Forum and members of the victims' families.[7] The chief executive of the Omagh
Omagh
Council, John McKinney, stated in March 2000 that, "we are working towards a memorial. It is a very sensitive issue."[90] In April 2007, the Council announced the launch of a public art design competition by the Omagh
Omagh
Memorial Working Group.[7] The group's goal was to create a permanent memorial in time for the tenth anniversary of the bombing on 15 August 2008.[7][91] It has a total budget of £240,000.[7] Since space for a monument on Market Street itself is limited, the final memorial was to be split between the actual bombing site and the temporary Memorial Garden about 300 metres away.[92] Artist Sean Hillen and architect Desmond Fitzgerald won the contest with a design that, in the words of the Irish Times, "centres on that most primal yet mobile of elements: light."[92] A heliostatic mirror was to be placed in the memorial park tracking the sun in order to project a constant beam of sunlight onto 31 small mirrors, each etched with the name of a victim.[91][92] All the mirrors were then to bounce the light on to a heart-shaped crystal within an obelisk pillar that stands at the bomb site.[91][92] In September 2007, the Omagh
Omagh
Council's proposed wording on a memorial plaque — "dissident republican car bomb" — brought it into conflict with several of the victims' families.[91] Michael Gallagher has stated that "there can be no ambiguity over what happened on 15 August 1998, and no dancing around words can distract from the truth."[91] The Council appointed an independent mediator in an attempt to reach an agreement with those families.[91] Construction started on the memorial on 27 July 2008.[93] On 15 August 2008, a memorial service was held in Omagh.[94] Senior government representatives from the UK, the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
and the Stormont Assembly
Stormont Assembly
were present, along with relatives of many of the victims.[94] A number of bereaved families, however, boycotted the service and held their own service the following Sunday.[94] They argued that the Sinn Féin-dominated Omagh
Omagh
council would not acknowledge that republicans were responsible for the bombing.[94] See also[edit]

Timeline of Real IRA actions Timeline of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Troubles The Troubles
The Troubles
in Omagh

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External links[edit]

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