Man charged with murdering 29 people in Omagh bombing

Friday 11 April 2014 06.56
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29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed in the blast
29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed in the blast
Seamus Daly was arrested by PSNI officers in the Newry area on Monday
Seamus Daly was arrested by PSNI officers in the Newry area on Monday
The Omagh bombing was the single bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Troubles
The Omagh bombing was the single bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Troubles

A high-profile republican has been charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing, police said this evening.

Seamus Daly, 43, from Cullaville, Co Monaghan, has previously been found liable for the August 1998 Real IRA outrage in Co Tyrone in a landmark civil case.

Tonight, he was charged with 29 counts of murder, two charges linked to the explosion in Omagh and two counts linked to an attempted explosion in Lisburn in April 1998.

Mr Daly was arrested by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Serious Crime Branch in the Newry area on Monday.

The 29 victims, who included a woman pregnant with twins, died when the dissident republican car bomb detonated in Omagh town centre on a busy Saturday afternoon.

It was the single bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Troubles and came only months after the signing of the historic Good Friday peace accord.

Nobody has been successfully convicted of the bombing in a criminal court.

Five years ago Mr Daly was one of four men found responsible for the bomb at Belfast High Court after being sued by some of the victims' families.

The men were ordered to pay £1.6m to the bereaved relatives.

Mr Daly faced a civil retrial after successfully appealing against the original finding, but the second trial delivered the same outcome as the first, with judge Mr Justice John Gillen ruling him responsible for the attack.

He is due to appear in court in Dungannon tomorrow.