Lasting legacy of Omagh bomb will be unconquerable community spirit of town, says Donnelly

The lasting legacy of the Omagh bomb will be the unconquerable community spirit of the town, Alliance Councillor Stephen Donnelly has said, as the 25th anniversary of the atrocity was marked.

Stephen Donnelly Omagh Bomb

A commemoration service was held this past weekend to mark 25 years since the biggest single loss of life in the Troubles, with 29 people killed by the Real IRA bomb on August 15, 1998.

“A quarter of a century later, the bombing still casts a long shadow over our town,” said Omagh Councillor Mr Donnelly.

“As always, on this sad occasion my thoughts are with the Omagh families. It was incredibly moving to participate in this weekend’s memorial service and see first hand their resolve, determination and bravery. 

“While the bombing was the darkest hour in our town’s history, the events since have proven its lasting legacy will be the unconquerable community spirit it has fostered in Omagh. People who suffered the greatest loss imaginable came together to campaign for justice, supported by the rest of our town’s population.”

“The announcement by the UK Government earlier this year of an independent statutory inquiry into the bombing will have brought some relief for grieving families but nothing can truly ease the pain of the horrific loss they suffered,” Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA added.

“That the dissident republicans behind this crime have yet to be brought to justice simply adds to the anguish. Those bereaved and injured by the Omagh bomb have a right to know the full facts surrounding the tragic event and even now, 25 years on, I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward. I also call on those still engaged in violence to end their destructive campaigns.”