Taoiseach Bertie Ahern condemns Omagh bombers at Wolfe Tone commemoration.

A small group of Fianna Fáil members and supporters gathered to celebrate the man they regarded as the father of modern Irish Republicanism. The 74th annual Wolfe Tone commemoration took place in 2000. Speaking at the gathering in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern made an address in which he condemned those who had bombed the town of Omagh in Co. Tyrone in 1998, killing 29 people and injuring many more.

They clearly have not the slightest conception of the meaning of words. Otherwise they would not dare defy the will of the sovereign Irish people. The Real IRA is indelibly disgraced and should be dissolved.

The Taoiseach also said it was vital that the police service being developed in Northern Ireland should be capable of achieving the objectives of the Good Friday Agreement.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 October 2000. The reporter is Orla O'Donnell.