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Statement by Tánaiste on the 25th Anniversary of the Omagh Bombing

Statement by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, on the 25th Anniversary of the Omagh Bombing


“While there has been much said about the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, I am deeply conscious that for those affected by the Omagh bombings, this year also marks a terrible anniversary. August 15, 2023 marks twenty-five years since one of the most brutal atrocities ever witnessed on this island.


“We will never forget the 29 people who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the families whose suffering continues today. My thoughts are first and foremost with all those impacted by this attack, carried out with disregard for democracy, and for people.


“I have been honoured to meet with, and listen to, the families of the Omagh Bomb victims over many years, most recently in June. Their search for the full truth of what happened has not been an easy or swift process.


“The Omagh Bomb atrocity showed the appalling impact of violence on communities. The campaign of violence in Northern Ireland was never justified. We must keep working relentlessly on peace, dialogue and rebuilding trust.


“Earlier this year, the UK announced its intention to establish an inquiry into the preventability of the Omagh bombing. Draft Terms of Reference have been shared with the Government, but we understand that the Chair of the Inquiry intends to seek the views of those most affected by the bombing before the final version is published.


“Officials stand ready to engage with members of the UK’s Inquiry team as soon as they are appointed.


“When we have further clarity on the nature of the UK inquiry, I will then consider, along with the Minister for Justice and my Cabinet colleagues, the next steps in this jurisdiction. As has been done in relation to a number of historical inquiries, this State will cooperate fully.


“Justice for the victims and the families impacted by this atrocity will be at the heart of any action that the Government takes.”