29 November 2005

Omagh families to meet Tony Blair

BBC



Relatives of the Omagh bomb victims are due to have formal talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.

The relatives will ask Mr Blair for a cross-border judicial inquiry into the bombing which cost 29 lives in August 1998 when they meet in Downing Street.

Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden died in the explosion, said they had been seeking a meeting for seven years.

Mr Gallagher is also to raise the issue of new legislation which will allow the return home of "on-the-run" terrorists.

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He added that although a number of inquiries have already been held, relatives are "none the wiser".

One man has been charged with murdering the 29 people and a second man was arrested last week.

The victims' relatives will also have a meeting with the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan, who is investigating certain aspects of the police inquiry into the bombing.

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