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No Omagh bomb public inquiry

The Government has ruled out a public inquiry into the Omagh bomb attack in August 1998 that killed 29 people.

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'No sufficient grounds' for new Omagh inquiry

Explaining the decision to reject calls for a public inquiry into the 1998 Omagh bombing, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said in a statement:

I do not believe there are sufficient grounds to justify a further review or inquiry above and beyond those that have already taken place or are ongoing.

The current investigation by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is the best way to address any outstanding issues relating to the police

investigation of the Omagh attack.

The Government does not believe that selecting a further series of cases forpublic inquiries is the best way to deal with the past in Northern Ireland.I express my sincere sympathies to those who survived the Omagh attack andmy condolences to the families of the 29 people who died.

I hope that the ongoing police investigation will ultimately bring to justice those who committed this horrific crime.

– Theresa Villiers

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