Two arrested over Omagh bomb
A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the 1998 Omagh
They were detained in the Jonesborough area of south Armagh in a major
military operation which involved PSNI police and British troops.
Hundreds of police and soldiers as well as helicopters were used as
part of the operation which involved sealing off a wide area of South
The arrests came as relatives of the Omagh victims urged the 26 County
Justice Minister Michael McDowell to allow Garda police witnesses to
testify in a civil action they are bringing against four men they claim
were involved in the August 1998 attack.
The British government has already pledged #800,000 towards the
estimated #1.5 million. which the relatives need to raise in order to
pay the costs of their High Court action.
They are planning to sue for compensation four men whom they claim were
involved in the attack, in which 31 died, including two unborn twins.
Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan, 21, was among those killed in the
attack was not part of the delegation in Dublin for the talks with Mr
But he said: "We have been waiting five years and these arrests have
come all of a sudden. We are delighted things are starting to move
"It's early days, but obviously the police felt they had sufficient
evidence which was strong enough to arrest these individuals."