Tipperary South Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to respond immediately to the calls of the Omagh Victim Support Group for the establishment of a full cross-border inquiry in the events surrounding the tragedy in the County Tyrone town occurred 15 years ago.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after he took part in a meeting of high level public figures including former police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Bob Quick QPM (former Assistant Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service responsible for counter terrorism within the United Kingdom), and Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International Amnesty:
“The press conference which I was asked to take part in by the families was an enormous success. There is a clear consensus from all sectors of Northern Ireland society and beyond that a full cross-border inquiry must occur as soon as possible.
“I have raised this matter on numerous occasions at the highest level of Government but to their shame they have reacted slowly and hesitatingly to what is an urgent need on the part of the families and indeed Irish and British society.
“I can only hope now since that Amnesty International have thrown their considerable backing behind this call, it will receive a much needed boost and swifter reaction from Government. Since today (August 15) marks the 15th anniversary of the atrocity it seems more than timely that the Government mark this occasion by offering the families some real hope of the inquiry they so desperately need,” said Deputy McGrath.