Families of victims of the Omagh bomb today demanded a government probe into the alleged existence of potentially damning evidence against those behind the atrocity.
Relatives involved in a landmark civil action — who were due to return to the High Court in Belfast today — were expected to hold a press conference in Belfast beforehand to react to claims made in last night’s BBC Panorama programme.
Following allegations that the government possesses recordings of telephone conversations by some of those believed to be responsible for the deadly explosion, Michael Gallagher, chairman of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, called for any such recordings to be released so they can be used in the civil action. During the programme, it was revealed that British Security Services have had in their possession evidence that helps identify some of those responsible for the car bomb attack in Omagh by the Real IRA in August 1998.
The explosion killed 31 people and injured 220. It was Ireland’s worst single terrorist atrocity. To date, no-one has been successfully convicted for the massacre.