The challenge of closure
DESPAIR and frustration were the words on the lips of relatives of victims of the Omagh bombing as they came to what could be the end of the road, thanks to botched police investigations, north and south.
Today, those responsible for the 1998 atrocity which killed 29 people and injured hundreds more are walking around free, while the families of the victims try to accept the probability that no one will ever be called to account.
Yesterday, a Co Armagh man was acquitted of a conspiracy charge in relation to the bombing by direction of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. The three-judge court ruled that 15 interviews conducted by gardai were inadmissible as evidence because some had been falsified.