Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (216)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

216. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to open a new investigation into the Omagh bombing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35759/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the investigation of criminal offences is a matter for the Garda Síochána. In this context, the Garda investigation file into the terrorist atrocity at Omagh remains open and the Garda authorities remain ready to follow up any new leads or information that may come to light which would allow the investigation to be progressed further. I met with the Omagh Support and Self Help Group last year and received a copy of a document which they have compiled on events surrounding the bombing. I am currently in the process of finalising a detailed and, of necessity, lengthy consideration of the issues raised. I hope to conclude this process soon and once a conclusion has been reached I will communicate directly with the Omagh Group.