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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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Omagh families to mount legal challenge for inquiry

Michael Gallagher, left, outside Downing Street in 2001. Credit: PA

Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden, 21, was among the Omagh victims, condemned the decision, describing the reasons given by Ms Villiers for ruling out a public inquiry as "trivial".

He told Sky News: "Should we be denied truth and justice because other people don't want it?"

Referring to his belief that the bomb attack could have been prevented, he said: "The reality is that Aiden need not have died."

He added: "Both the British and Irish governments failed to protect the human rights of those people."

And he said that victims' families would be mounting a legal challenge to the decision by Ms Villiers.

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