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Failure to prevent the Omagh bombing: NI judge calls for new investigations.

  • 23-07-2021 1:08pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst

    In the High Court in Belfast, Mr Justice Horner ruled that it is plausible that the authorities had a real prospect - which they missed - of preventing the Omagh bombing. He also called for new investigations on both sides of the border.

    Why did intelligence services in NI - MI5 and RUC Special Branch - not do everything in their power to prevent the bombing?

    Is there a comparison to be drawn with the failure of the FBI and the CIA to co-operate with each other before the September 11th attacks?

    When the 2000 edition of Panorama and the criminal and civil proceedings have taken place are taken into account, do we know the names of all of the suspects? In December 2007, the PSNI said that a main suspect from Dundalk had died of cancer but, bizarrely, didn't say what his name is.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,546 ✭✭✭ Blaaz_

    I think they should release the bomb warning call......they were moving people away and suddently they herded em towards the bomb

    Whole thing stinks

  • Registered Users Posts: 645 ✭✭✭ atticu

    I agree.

    Any person or organisation that puts a bomb anywhere where it can kill people need to be brought to justice.

    No person or organisation should get away with planting a bomb.

    In my opinion it is only cowards who plant bombs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,747 ✭✭✭✭ blanch152

    One hundred per cent.

    Those who planted the bomb carry almost all of the culpability. Nobody forced them to plant the bomb. Those good republicans need to be brought to justice.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,840 ✭✭✭ fvp4

    I don't think anybody is denying that. However if there was fore knowledge of that event and it was allowed to go ahead that is also worth investigating to see what could have been done there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,546 ✭✭✭ Blaaz_

    An organisation riddled with informers and they ended up herding people towards a bomb

    Serious qs need answering on all sides

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,442 ✭✭✭ Floppybits

    The bombers should most definitely be brought to justice but also so should the security services if it is found that they were negligent in keeping the public safe because they failed to act.

  • Registered Users Posts: 85 ✭✭ FullyComp

    Northern Ireland will never get over it's issues if they never let anything go. The constant picking at the scab just making everything sorer and more irritated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst

    The theory of the authorities letting the bombing take place was addressed in an edition of the Channel 5 documentary series 'Conspiracy', which has also been broadcast on Sky History (formerly the History Channel). Michael Gallagher was interviewed for that edition, as was military historian Dr Lynnette Nusbacher, who argued against the theory on the grounds that the authorities would've been "too scared of being found out".

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Judge Penitent

    It doesn't take a genius to work out why warnings weren't heeded, a high bodycount is always useful to the British to demonise their opponents. They knew it was going to happen, shades of 9/11 here.

    And, it's always amusing when some minion of FG comes waddling in to wring their hands, spouting inane drivel concerning "good republicans". Never miss an oppotunity to make Potitical Capital eh? What would an Anglophile from the depths of the Pale would know about the North in actual reality??? Stay in leafy South Dublin love, stick to what you know and go back to lying prostate at the altar of Leo...

    By the way, i'm not a Shinner, I just detest Fine Gael and by extension, all their voters. It's a great way of determining where all the w**kers are hanging out.

    A gravy-splattered coven of sly Revisionist scum.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,546 ✭✭✭ Blaaz_

    The same autorities that killed hundreds through collusion and covered up bloody sunday,ballymurphy,springfield etc massacres

    That refuse to engage with inquirys into dublin and monaghan bombings?

    Soldiers confined to barracks in large enough town of omagh on saturday at height of summer shod raise suspicion of its own,that they known what was to be happen

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,840 ✭✭✭ fvp4

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst

    It was already obvious that Republican paramilitaries in NI (whether or not they supported the Good Friday Agreement) are terrorists. So would the British need to demonise them? The dissident republican groups that already existed at the time - the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA - already had low levels of support.

  • Registered Users Posts: 55,389 ✭✭✭✭ FrancieBrady

    Why the surprise? It's long been believed here on the border that authorities picked and choose what to action and what not to.

    The useless 'terrorist' definition takes another hammering. Ho hum.