Friday 6 December 2019

Republican charged with murder of 29 people in Omagh bomb

Tom Brady and David Young

A MAN has been charged with the murder of 29 people over the 1998 Omagh bombing.

High-profile republican Seamus Daly has been charged, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

The 43-year-old from Cullaville, Co Monaghan, has previously been found liable for the August 1998 Real IRA outrage in Co Tyrone in a landmark civil case.

Tonight, he was charged with 29 counts of murder, two charges linked to the explosion in Omagh and two counts linked to an attempted explosion in Lisburn in April 1998.

Daly was arrested by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch in the Newry area on Monday.

The 29 victims, who included a woman pregnant with twins, died when the dissident republican car bomb detonated in Omagh town centre on a busy Saturday afternoon.

The scene of the 1998 Omagh bomb
The scene of the 1998 Omagh bomb

It was the single bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles and came only months after the signing of the historic Good Friday peace accord.

No-one has been successfully convicted of the bombing in a criminal court.

Five years ago Daly was one of four men found responsible for the bomb at Belfast High Court after being sued by some of the victims' families.

The men were ordered to pay £1.6m (€1.9m) to the bereaved relatives.

Daly faced a civil retrial after successfully appealing against the original finding, but the second trial delivered the same outcome as the first, with judge Mr Justice John Gillen ruling him responsible for the attack.

He is due to appear in court in Dungannon tomorrow.

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