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Statement by Micheál Martin TD on the announcement of a UK Statutory Inquiry into the Omagh Bombing

“What happened in Omagh was a heinous attack, carried out by people with no respect for the lives of others or for democracy on this island.

“My thoughts are with the families of those murdered and with the survivors.

“The announcement by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris is welcome. I spoke with him last evening and he confirmed his intention to make today’s statement to me.

“We now await further detail from the UK Government, in particular on the Terms of Reference for their inquiry.

“I look forward to receiving that detail and then consulting with my Cabinet colleagues, in particular the Minister for Justice, about the next steps.

“While welcoming today’s announcement, it also serves as a reminder of the need to deal effectively with the legacy of the past, in a manner which advances the fundamental goal of reconciliation.”

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