Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (533)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

533. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he will issue a reply to the victims of the Omagh bomb and in particular to the issues raised by the report submitted to Government by the Omagh victims' support group in July 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53731/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Omagh Support and Self-Help Group presented to the Irish and British Governments a report which it had compiled setting out certain matters relating to the atrocity at Omagh which it considered to be of concern and calling for a public inquiry. I am currently in the process of finalising a detailed consideration of the matters raised by the Omagh Group insofar as they relate to this State and to the Garda Síochána. I will conclude this process shortly and once I have done so I will communicate directly with the Omagh Group.

The Deputy will be aware, of course, that the British Government has decided that it does not does not propose to hold a public inquiry into certain matters surrounding the Omagh bombing raise by the group. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has stated to the group that she does not believe there are sufficient grounds to justify a further review or inquiry above and beyond those that have already taken place or are ongoing.