Omagh bombing investigations leave trail of questions still unanswered

Twenty-third anniversary of bombing that murdered 29 sees renewed calls for inquiry

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing, which occurred on August 15th, 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing, which occurred on August 15th, 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

The large, open-plan, first-floor meeting room of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group looks a little desolate – appropriate perhaps, given everything.

There are tables and chairs scattered at random, and a circular table behind which sits Michael Gallagher, the group’s public face and stalwart campaigner for truth and justice. His 21-year-old son Aidan was among the 29 people murdered when, 23 years ago tomorrow, republican terrorists detonated a car bomb they had left on the Tyrone town’s busy Market Street.

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