Artist paints a dark picture over Omagh
Published 05/02/2012 | 06:00
An artist who designed a memorial garden to the victims of the Omagh Bombing believes that rogue elements of the security forces may have been involved.
Talking to The Diary this week, Sean Hillen, who won an international competition to create a 'Garden of Light' in the town, said this was based on his own research into the Real IRA attack.
"Without a doubt, there were rogue elements of the security forces involved. It's all very suspicious. There have been textbooks written on colonial wars, which outline how you take over the opposition, make them do atrocities, and then they get the blame," said Hillen.
This is why the local artist said he backed victims' families in their calls for a fresh inquiry.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions about why no one was ever successfully prosecuted. We need answers," said Hillen, who was commissioned by Omagh District Council to design the garden, which opened in August 2008.
A major career retrospective of Hillen's work, ReViewed, runs at the Copper House Gallery, Synge Street, Dublin 2, from February 8 until March 2, 2012.
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