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Cross Border Inquiry only way forward for Omagh Families

20 February, 2009

Reacting to the decision not to prosecute the two PSNI officers who were heavily criticised by the judge in the Omagh bomb trial, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said that it was increasingly obvious that the Omagh families will not receive justice through the normal state mechanisms and the only way to proceed is through a cross border public inquiry.

Mr Doherty said:

"In the wake of the bomb in Omagh both governments and their state agencies promised the families of those killed that no stone would be left unturned in the pursuit of justice.

"The reality of the past 10 years has been very different. Time and again this investigation has been marked by concealment and frustration for the families. Given this history it will come as no surprise that yet another judicial passage has been closed to them today.

"The reality is the only mechanism which can deliver for these families, given the failure of the police investigations, is a cross border public inquiry into the events before, during and after this horrific bombing." ENDS

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