By Madeline O’Connor
Seamus Daly, a 43 year old man from Monaghan has been charged with the murders of 29 people who lost their lives in the Omagh bomb of 1998.
The Real IRA attack was the worst single atrocity of the entire Troubles, and one of the victims was a woman who was pregnant with twins. No-one had ever been convicted in a criminal court of purpetrating the bombing.
Seamus Daly, from Culloville, County Monaghan, was arrested by serious crime branch detectives in Newry on Monday and is expected to appear in court in Dungannon, County Tyrone today, Friday.
He has always denied being involved in the bombing. He now faces a total of 33 charges, including an attempted bomb attack in Lisburn, County Antrim, that took place in the same year as the Omagh bomb.
He was one of the five men, however, that relatives of some of the victims brought a landmark civil action against.
Four of these – including Mr Daly – were made to pay over £1.5m in damages to the victims’ families in a civil case.
The court ruled that he and three of the others were responsible, and they were later ordered to pay more than £1.5m in damages.
Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan was killed in the bombing, described the decision to bring charges as an “important and positive development”.
He added: “We have put the police under pressure to pursue the investigation.”