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Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 19:57 GMT 20:57 UK
Living with the aftermath of Omagh
Esther Gibson
Esther Gibson: Killed instantly by the Omagh bomb
Esther Gibson, like many young women on a Saturday afternoon, went shopping in Omagh on 15 August 1998.

She was there when the Real IRA bomb ripped through the town's main street. Esther, who had been preparing for her forthcoming wedding, died instantly.

Her sister Elizabeth tells BBC News Online how the family have coped with life since the bomb and what she felt about the situation in Northern Ireland.

Me personally, I seem to be doing OK, but I do know my mother has not been well a day since 15 August 1998.

My day today was spent running to the hospital to see my mother before the memorial service and going back to the hospital afterwards because she obviously could not be there.

It has broken my family, it really has broken it. My mother was never ill a day in her life and she has just gone downhill since it happened.

So they have not only killed Esther, they are also in the process of killing my mother as well.

There are so many members of my family that have not worked since the bomb.

At the moment I have given up my job to be here at home to look after my mother and to be in the hospital with her.

It is just a living nightmare, it is just hard to believe that we are living here and there had to be some involvement with locals here in the area in the Omagh bomb.

'Peace process is a joke'

There had to be, to know the area and different things. You are walking down the street and you do not know who you are meeting.

Personally I think the whole peace process is a joke. There was suppose to be peace time when the Omagh bomb happened.

All you have to do is turn on the Northern Ireland news to hear of shootings, punishment beatings, devices being found, bomb alerts, the whole time and to me that is not peace, that is far from peace.

This whole peace process, the whole thing, needs to be scrapped and start again. With Sinn Fein/IRA withdrawing their decommissioning statement that just tops it for me. It proves they never really meant it in the first place.

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