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Amnesty Calls For Independent Inquiry Into Omagh Bombing


Amnesty International today joined bereaved families in calling for an independent public inquiry to be established into the circumstances leading to the Omagh bomb and the investigative failures that followed.

On 15 August 1998, 29 people were killed – including a woman who was pregnant with twins – and over 200 people injured when a car bomb exploded in Omagh, County Tyrone. The Real IRA subsequently claimed responsibility. Amnesty International believes that an inquiry is needed in order to investigate comprehensively the circumstances surrounding the Omagh bomb and to ensure lessons are learnt.   Continue reading

IRA plan to ruin the queen`s visit

Dissident republicans have threatened to kill more police officers and disrupt the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland.

The warning from the Real IRA was read by a masked man at an Easter Rising commemoration in Derry City Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Referring to the police, he said: “…those who turn traitor …are as liable for execution as anyone else regardless of their religion, cultural background or motivation.”

Three weeks ago PC Ronan Kerr, a Catholic recruit to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was killed by a booby trap bomb planted beneath his car in Omagh. His death marked another low point in the troubled history of Northern Ireland.

The group also vowed to ensure the Queen “gets the message” that she is not welcome when she visits Ireland next month.

The statement continued: “The Queen of England is wanted for war crimes in Ireland and not wanted on Irish soil.”

The masked man formed part of a colour party of seven people, all dressed in full paramilitary uniform.

Between 200 and 300 people attended the event, which was monitored by a police helicopter.

Police in Northern Ireland have been on high alert all weekend. They fear an attack is imminent and have urged the public to remain vigilant. The death of PC Kerr represented one harrowing attack of many on their officers.

Hunt On After Car Bomb Kills PSNI Officer


Detectives in Northern Ireland are hunting those responsible for planting a car bomb that killed a 25-year-old police officer yesterday evening.

25 year old Ronan Kerr was about to get out of his car at his home on the outskirts of Omagh, Co.Tyrone, when the bomb went off. 

Kerr had graduated from police training college in December and has only served in the  force for three weeks prior to his death, which has been linked to dissident republicans. No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott said: “We have lost one of our brave and courageous police recruits, someone who joined this fine service simply to do good, joined to serve the community impartially and to be someone I describe as a modern-day hero.”

The brutal murder has brought back traumatic memories for the people of Omagh, after an IRA car bomb attack ripped through the town in 1998 leaving 29 people dead including a mother who was pregnant with twins. 

Dissidents have carried out a string of similar attacks on Catholic PSNI officers in recent years.

PC Stephen Carroll, 48, was gunned down in March 2009, just two days after the Real IRA shot dead two British soldiers at the Massereene Army base in Antrim.

PC Peadar Heffron was seriously injured when a device exploded under the driver’s seat of his car in west Belfast in January 2010.