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Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Teebane families press for justice
Wreck of van at Teebane, January 1972
Eight men were killed in an IRA bomb at Teebane
Relatives of men killed in an IRA bomb 10 years ago have held talks with Northern Ireland's victims' minister to ask why no-one has been convicted of the atrocity.

Eight men died in January 1992 when a bomb exploded close to a construction workers' van at Teebane crossroads, on the road between Omagh and Cookstown, in County Tyrone.

The men's firm had been targeted because they carried out work for the security forces.

Victims' Minister Des Browne
Des Browne: Met Teebane victims' families

Victims' Minister Des Browne travelled to Teebane on Thursday to meet relatives of the victims and to visit the memorial dedicated to those who died.

Mr Browne said he was grateful to the families for sharing their thoughts with him and said their case had not been forgotten.

"It is more than 10 years since this atrocity and I fully understand the families need for justice.

"I know that the police have recently been in contact with each of the families and assured them that the investigation remains active," he said.


We always have a Christmas together and he is the missing one

Rachael McDonald
Victim's sister

"I would urge anyone with information to come forward in an effort to bring those responsible to justice."

Linda Clarke, who lost her brother, Nigel, in the massacre said the knowledge that no-one had ever been made accountable deepened her grief.

She told BBC Radio Ulster: "It was very hard because there only was my mother and the two of us. My father died when I was only two.

"Probably, if they are caught now they are not going to get very much, they will be out in a couple of years, but at least you would know that's who done it and it might take the pain away a bit."
Reverend William McCrea
William McCrea: "Families want justice"

Rachael McDonald whose brother Bobby died in the explosion said her grief was still acute 10 years on.

"There was only a year between us and we were very close," she said.

"He only lived two doors from me and that makes it worse because I think sometimes I can hear him out at the back.

"We always have a Christmas together and he is the missing one."

Mid-Ulster assembly member, the Reverend William McCrea, who has been working with the families, said all they wanted was justice.

"The concerns that many of the families have is that there has been less concern about the Teebane tragedy than about other tragedies.

"They want justice done and seen to be done."

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BBC NI's Ruth McDonald
talks to relatives of the Teebane bomb victims
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