Belfast court dismisses appeal by Omagh bomb duo

Northern Ireland’s highest court has dismissed appeals brought by two republicans found liable for injuries and deaths sustained during the Omagh bomb.

Colin Murphy and Seamus Daly failed to persuade the Court of Appeal that the judge in the original civil case was in error in finding against them.

Relatives of the victims of the 1998 Real IRA attack – which killed 29 people including a mother pregnant with twins – won a landmark legal victory which was today upheld.

A statement from the Judicial Communications Office said: “The Court of Appeal found that neither Murphy nor Daly had persuaded it that the trial judge was in error in concluding that the plaintiffs (the Omagh victims) had proved their case to the requisite standard and accordingly dismissed their appeals.”

The Omagh bomb was one of the worst atrocities of the 30-year conflict. It exploded on a busy shopping street in the Co Tyrone market town and killed and injured dozens of innocent bystanders.

The Real IRA, a dissident republican group opposed to the peace process, was blamed but nobody has been convicted of murder in a criminal court in Northern Ireland.

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