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‘No giving up’ for Omagh families in quest for justice

Michael Gallagher (left) who lost his son and Stanley McComb who lost his wife in the 1998 Omagh bomb. Credit: PA

Relatives of those killed in the Omagh bomb say they cannot walk away from their quest for justice, knowing that those responsible are “still walking the streets”.

Families bereaved by the Real IRA bomb blast in 1998 have now issued a writ against PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton, who has legal responsibility for the actions of his service and the RUC.

Michael Gallagher, whose 21-year-old son Aiden was one of the 29 people killed, told the Press Association: “We can’t just walk away and say: ‘It’s one of those things.’

“In our case, it wasn’t just Aiden that died - all of us died that day. Our lives have never been the same and we need some answers.”

Here we are 19 years on and the criminals responsible for this are still walking the streets.

– Michael Gallagher

Stanley McComb said he was driven on in his bid for justice by the hurt caused by the loss of his wife Ann in the terrorist attack.

“Every morning I waken, I am on my own. Wvery night I go to bed, I am on my own,” he said.

“My partner, my wife of 25 years, is no longer there and should be there. It does hurt you, you learn to live with it, but that’s what drives me on.

“Why should people get away with something like that? If I broke the law or anyone decent breaks the law, they are punished for it.”

These people came in and murdered my wife in this town and it drives me on – there’s no way I am giving up.

– Stanley McComb

The Omagh bomb inflicted the greatest loss of life of any terror atrocity in the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The victims came from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England and Spain and one was a woman pregnant with twins.

Relatives will gather at a memorial garden in Omagh on Sunday for their annual service of remembrance ahead of Tuesday's anniversary.

Credit: Presseye