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NEW VICTIMS COMMISSIONER TO MEET WITH OMAGH FAMILIES
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Mon 12 December 2005
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The newly appointed Victims Commissioner Mrs Bertha Mc Dougel will visit the Omagh Support and Self Help Group Office on Tuesday 13th December at 10.30am. The group welcome this visit and look forward to meeting the Commissioner and discussing what she can do to move forward the many issues which the Omagh Victims have be pro-actively campaigning for over the past seven years.
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OMAGH BOMB FAMILIES TO MEET PRIME MINISTER
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Fri 25 November 2005
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A delegation from the Omagh Victims group will meet the Prime Minster, Tony Blair on Tuesday 29th November 2005 at 3pm in 10 Downing Street. The delegation will be seeking to raise their concerns regarding the Omagh bomb and will be calling for the government to hold a Cross Border Public Inquiry into the 15th of August 1998 bombing.
No one has ever been convicted of murder at Omagh; one man is to face trial next year on 61 charges, including 29 counts of murder at Omagh. This is the first formal meeting that the Omagh families have had with the Prime Minister.
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OMAGH BOMB VICTIMS FATHER TO TAKE PART IN THE BASQUE PEACE DEBATE IN SPAIN
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Tue 15 November 2005
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Michael Gallagher has been invited to take part in a two day round table conference on the 17th and 18th of November in San Sebastian which will focus especially on victims of terrorism and their points of view. The conference will seek to analyse the important role that victims should play in the education for peace.

At the conference there will be some of the most important experts in peace education and conflict resolution coming from Spain, Europe, South and Central America.

These Organisations are working with terrorist victims such as Gesto por la paz Elkarri, Covite, Amnesty International and the March 11th Madrid Bombing Victims Association. Elkarri is an organisation trying to achieve agreement in a peaceful way in the Basque political problem.

Mr Gallagher will talk about the experience of Victims of Terrorism in Northern Ireland and what they achieved from the Good Friday Agreement. This is an important conference for Spanish peace and the role that victims can play in helping to normalise society.
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OMAGH FAMILIES MEET MINISTER DERMOT AHERN
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Tue 18 October 2005
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Representatives from the Omagh Bomb Victims Group are meeting with the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern on Monday 24th October 2005 at 11.30am, in the Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk. This is part of the family's ongoing campaign for a full Cross Border Public Inquiry into the circumstances around the 15th August 1998 bombing when 31 people died and hundreds were injured from three Nations.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE ULSTER HERALD AND TYRONE CONSTITUTION
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Thu 18 August 2005
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To the Editor

Omagh Support and Self Help Group would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the large turnout we received at the seventh annual remembrance service of the 1998 Omagh Bomb which was held in Omagh Memorial Garden on Sunday 14th August.
We were delighted to witness such a large, diverse and inter-dominational gathering of support. In a world so troubled by prejudice and intolerance it was a joy to host a service which incorporated three languages, 3 differing traditions, and was attended by many different cultures and religions.

We would like to extend particular gratitude to those who made the day possible, Marion Radford,
Leslie Matthews, Rev R Hall (Padre at Lisanelly Army Camp), Rev I Mairs, Rev W Seale, Fr T Canning, Nicolas Cassidy (Omagh Ethnic Support Group), Pax Christi Ireland, Ms Clare Radford, Godfrey and Ann Wilson, St Eugene's Brass Band Omagh, Noel Donald, Don McGurgan, Miss Sharon Watters, PSNI and Omagh Library for donating room hire for refreshments.
We hope to continue with public support to host successful remembrance services in future years.

If anyone would like a copy of the order of service please contact Sharon at Omagh Support and Self Help Group 5 Holmview Terrace, Omagh, 028 8225 9877/ osshg@hotmail.com

Kind Regards,

Omagh Support and Self Help Group
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SUPPORT GROUP HOST ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
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Thu 04 August 2005
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The families of the Omagh Bomb Victims will host this year's annual service of remembrance in the Memorial Garden on Sunday the 14th August, at 3.00pm.
The seventh annual service organised by the Omagh Support and Self Help Group for the second year will be an inter-dominational service of music, verse and prayer.
Following the success of last year's personal service this year's is designed to provide comfort to the bereaved, injured and traumatized families while being uplifting in nature.
We are delighted to have representatives from both the British and Irish Governments attending the service, Lord Rooker from the British Government and Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin from the Irish Government.
We will also be expressing our sympathies with the many victims of the London Bombings and other recent terrorist atrocities throughout the world.
We invite and welcome everyone to come along and join us on the 14th August to remember and honour all those who died and those who are still suffering.
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OMAGH SUPPORT AND SELF HELP GROUP LAUNCHES GUIDE BOOK FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
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Mon 14 March 2005
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Omagh Support and Self Help Group (Omagh Bomb Victims Group) launched their practical guide book for Victims/Survivors of the Conflict on Tuesday 26th April, in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
The Group were delighted to welcome their special guest for the launch Mr John Clarke, Head of the Victims Unit.

The Guide Book which has been written and published by victims from the Support Group will assist victims/survivors of terrorism with a resource they can access to ensure they are fully conversant with their rights, entitlements and sources of support available.
It gives an account of victims' experiences, what worked well, and what did not. What worked well for one person may not have worked for another; it is for this reason that the guide is as inclusive as possible. It also includes advice and guidance on areas such as Public Inquiries, dealing with the Media, and Evacuation and Emergency procedures.

The Group anticipates that this book will be actively used by other victims, professionals, and those with an interest in/remit for victims' needs,
The book will also be distributed to the wider public as a process of promoting wider understanding of the effects of terrorism on victims.
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FIRST EUROPEAN DAY IN COMMEMORATION OF VICTIMS OF TERRORISM
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Thu 24 February 2005
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The 11th March 2005 has been designated by the European Commission as the First European Day in commemoration of the victims of terrorism.

In light of this Special Day the Omagh Support and Self Help Group are hosting a short interdenominational service of music, verse and prayer.

The service will be held at 2.00pm on Friday 11th March in the Omagh Memorial Garden. Everyone is welcome to come along and show their support.

A plaque marking the occasion will be unveiled and refreshments will be served in Omagh Library after the service.
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