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Reaction to Omagh bomb ruling

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt and three other men have been found liable for the Omagh bomb atrocity by a ruling in a civil case brought by some of the victims' relatives.

Twenty-nine people - including a woman pregnant with twins - were murdered in the Real IRA bomb attack on 15 August 1998.

MICHAEL GALLAGHER, FATHER OF VICTIM

"Eight years has just come to an end all of a sudden. It is a result better than we could ever have imagined.

"We have sent out an important message to terrorists and their victims around the world - you now have a way of challenging those who've murdered your loved ones.

"I think it is a tremendous moral victory for the families."

STANLEY MCCOMBE, HUSBAND OF VICTIM

"It is a result we hoped for but didn't expect. We didn't build our hopes up, because we've been let down so many times before.

"It was never about money. We can stand and say that these guys are responsible for Omagh, that's what we wanted.

"There is nobody doing time for 29 murders and we have to have a public inquiry to see where things went wrong.

VICTOR BARKER, FATHER OF VICTIM

"I never built my hopes up too much after what happened before, but I'm absolutely over the moon.

"This is not just damages against individuals, it's damages against the Real IRA and they should be regarded by everyone in Northern Ireland as pariahs.

"It's time to look at these people and say 'we don't want you in this country any more, we don't want you fighting for Irish freedom on our behalf, let the people of Northern Ireland decide, by voting, what they want'."

ALEX ATTWOOD, SDLP ASSEMBLY MEMBER

"This judgement is a vindication of the campaign of the Omagh families.

"This is not a criminal conviction and those responsible will not serve even one day in prison for this offence, however, the judgement is a level of justice that has so far been denied to the Omagh families.

"It remains the case that there are enduring unanswered questions around the Omagh bomb. That requires an independent all-Ireland judicial inquiry."

DEREK HUSSEY, UUP ASSEMBLY MEMBER

"I would like to express my personal admiration for the tenacity demonstrated by the Omagh families in pursuing this case.

"Having been failed by the criminal justice system, we can only hope that the ruling by Mr Justice Morgan will bring some small comfort to those whose lives were shattered by the Real IRA attack over 10 years ago."



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