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Stormont Debate On Omagh
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Mon 13 October 2008
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A motion from the United Community Group (Alliance Party, Brian Wilson from the Green Party and Dr Kieran Deeny) will be debated tomorrow (Tuesday 14th October 2008) in the Stormont Assembly calling for the establishment of a formal, cross-border, public enquiry into the Omagh bombing.

Michael Gallagher spokesman for the Group is calling on all MLA's to support this motion.

It is the first time that the MLA's of all parties can politically support the families and bring public closure to Omagh.
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Intelligence Services Commissioner Review into Intelligence Surrounding the Omagh Bombing
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Wed 17 September 2008
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Intelligence Services Commissioner Review into Intelligence Surrounding the Omagh Bombing

The Prime Minister has invited the Rt Hon Sir Peter Gibson, the Intelligence Services Commissioner to review the intercepted intelligence material available to the security and intelligence agencies in relation to the Omagh bombing and how it was shared. The terms of reference for this review are:

Terms of Reference

To review any intercepted intelligence material available to the security and intelligence agencies in relation to the Omagh bombing and how this intelligence was shared.

The Prime Minister has invited Sir Peter Gibson to report his findings to him within three months.

The Prime Minister will report the outcome of this review to the House as soon as possible after he has received Sir Peter's report.
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PRESS CONFERENCE BY OMAGH FAMILIES
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Fri 12 September 2008
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Members of the Omagh Victims group will be holding an important Press Conference on Tues 16th September at 10am in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

This Press Conference is to address the recent issues that have come to light.
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Omagh: What the Police Were Never Told
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Fri 12 September 2008
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Panorama reveals the secret intelligence withheld during the Omagh murder investigations.

This documentary will be Broadcast on Monday 15th September at 8.30pm on BBC ONE.
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OMAGH BOMBING, 10TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIONS
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Wed 13 August 2008
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The Chairman and Chief Executive of Omagh District Council today met with representatives of Omagh Support & Self Help Group to update them on the arrangements for the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony.

This constructive meeting followed on from an ongoing programme of consultation with all of the bereaved families and a series of briefing meetings with Omagh Support and Self Help Group. During the meeting reference was made to recent negative comments and incidents, and both parties agreed that these were regrettable and detracted from the dignity of the 10th anniversary commemoration.

The 10th Anniversary of the Omagh bomb will be marked on Friday 15 August 2008 at 3.00 pm by a civic led commemorative ceremony which will also include the dedication of the Garden of Light memorial.

This ceremony is the delivery of an agreement made following the 5th Anniversary that Omagh District Council would, once again, organise a significant commemoration event to mark the milestone 10th Anniversary.

This civic led event is aimed at providing an opportunity for the community as a whole to come together in reflection and remembrance. Our aim for the commemoration is encapsulated in the words of Rev Dr John Dunlop when he hoped that on the 10th Anniversary of the bomb when the Memorial is dedicated, all the people of Omagh will stand together and the Memorial itself and the unity, faith and hope of the people will be the most eloquent, powerful and enduring response to those who planted the bomb.

In addition to Friday's event, Omagh Support & Self Help Group will continue the tradition developed since the 5th Anniversary by holding a memorial service on the Sunday falling closest to the anniversary. This year that event will take place on Sunday 17 August 2008 and Omagh District Council has made the Memorial Garden available to the group for that purpose. The Chairman of Omagh Support and Self Help Group, Mr Michael Gallagher has confirmed that he is encouraging people to attend both ceremonies.

Omagh District Council understands that each anniversary is a particularly difficult and emotional time for families and that the decision to attend either, or both, events is a personal one for each family.

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Statement issued jointly by Omagh District Council and Omagh Support and Self Help Group
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Support Group Host Annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday 17th August 2008
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Tue 12 August 2008
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Family members associated with Omagh Support and Self Help Group will hold a memorial service on Sunday 17th August 2008 at 3.00pm in the new Memorial Garden. The families feel it is important that in addition to the service organised by Omagh District Council on Friday 15th August that that they arrange their own service as they have done in the previous four years.

Following the success of last year's service this year's is designed to provide comfort to the bereaved, injured and traumatized families while being uplifting in nature. It will be an inter-denominational service of music, verse and prayer.

We have representatives from the British, Irish and Spanish Governments attending the service this year.
As always we will be expressing our sympathies with the many victims of terrorist related atrocities throughout the world. This year we would especially thank the media both written and broadcasting for never abandoning or forgetting us during the past ten years.

We invite and welcome everyone to come along and join us on the 17th 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 meet Consultative Group on the Past
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Wed 30 July 2008
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Members of Omagh Support and Self Help group met with the Consultative Group on the Past in Omagh today, Wednesday 30th July 2008.

The Consultative Group on the Past is an independent group established to consult across the community on the best way to deal with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland. It is co-chaired by Lord Robin Eames and Denis Bradley the Group brings together a range of people from across Northern Ireland and is supported by International advisers.

The meeting was held to discuss the current issues affecting members of Omagh Support and Self Help Group.
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Omagh Support and Self Help Group (OSSHG) take part is Basque Government Event
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Tue 13 May 2008
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Michael Gallagher and other members will travel to San Sebastian this week to take part in the Second Edition of the Institutional Event to Pay Tribute and Respect to Victims of Terrorism. The event will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May 2008.

In recent years, the Basque institutions have been promoting numerous initiatives to pay tribute and respect to people affected by terrorism. In particular they have focused on an event in which the whole of the Basque society and Government can pay tribute to those who have suffered the consequences of acts of terrorism. The second edition of this event will be held with the main message being that there is no cause whatsoever that justifies the use of violence to obtain political goals.

All victims of terrorism who reside in the Basque country or in the rest of Spain are invited to the event, which will be attended by many government institutions in the Basque region.

Michael Gallagher along with 6 other members of the OSSHG will provide an insight into his experiences and work in recent years.
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Civil Action Moves to Dublin
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Mon 12 May 2008
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Some of the Omagh families will travel to Dublin on Monday 12th May 2008 where the Civil Action will begin in court there. Court has moved to Dublin to allow Guarda officers to give evidence before the Court.
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OMAGH VICTIMS GROUP CHAIRMAN TO SPEAK AT HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE
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Mon 07 April 2008
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Michael Gallagher, Chairman of the Omagh Bomb victims group will be a guest speaker at the Human Rights Conference taking place in Bilbao on Wednesday 9th April 2008.

Michael will be speaking on his terrorist related experiences and how victims are affected.

Mr Gallagher is a regular speaker at international conferences; he spoke recently in Washington DC and Bogota, Columbia and also addressed participants at the International Victims Conference in Madrid earlier this year.

His 21 year old son is one of 31 victims who lost their lives in the Omagh Bomb.
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Victims families to meet Police Ombudsman
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Wed 02 April 2008
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The Omagh families are to meet with the Police Ombudsman El Hutchinson tomorrow Thursday 3rd April at 2.00pm. The meeting will take place in Omagh Support and Self Help Group Office.

Omagh families arranged to meet with the Police Ombudsman after the acquittal of Sean Hoey, and are hoping that Mr Hutchinson will take into consideration their concerns and their views on a way forward.

The Victims families plan to continue their quest for a full Cross Border Public Enquiry.
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Omagh Families Take Campaign to Stormont
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Tue 01 April 2008
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The Chairman of Omagh Support and Self Help Group, Michael Gallagher will give a presentation to invited guests in Stormont on Tuesday 1st April 2008, at 6.30 pm, including 108 MLA's and MEP's, along with a wider variety of other people from the community. The presentation will highlight the campaign for a full Cross Border Public Enquiry.

It is hoped that policy makers will come and be informed on the up-to-date position of Omagh both in the North and South of Ireland.
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OMAGH INDEPENDENT FACILITATION TEAM REPORT
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Thu 06 March 2008
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In October 2007 Omagh District Council appointed a three strong Independent Facilitation Team (IFT) to facilitate a process to consider narrative for the new Omagh Bomb Memorial. The IFT was chaired by the Rev Dr John Dunlop, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Their report was finalised and presented on Thursday 6th March 2008. Omagh Support and Self Help Group welcome the recommendations included in the Report that their suggested wording is included on the wall within the Memorial Garden.
The full report can be viewed on the link below.
http://www.omagh.gov.uk/download_files/FinalReport.pdf
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Omagh families to meet Secretary of State
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Thu 21 February 2008
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The Omagh families are to travel to Hillsborough Castle on Thursday 21st February 2008 to meet with the Secretary of State Mr Shaun Woodard MP.

This is the first meeting the Omagh families have arranged with the Secretary of State since the acquittal of Sean Hoey. The families plan to discuss their quest for a full Cross Border Public Enquiry.

The families of the Omagh Bomb victims are hoping that Mr Woodard will take into consideration their concerns and their views on a way forward

For further information contact:

Michael Gallagher on 07759360603
Donna McCauley on (028) 8225 9877
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Omagh Families meet Policing Board
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Wed 30 January 2008
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The Policing Board are to meet, today, Wednesday 30th January 2008, at 10.00 at the South West College in Omagh with the families of those affected by the Omagh bomb.

This is the first meeting that the families have had with any government body since the acquittal of Sean Hoey. The object of today's meeting is to allow the families to voice their concerns about the trial which lasted 56 days and ended with a damning indictment of police and forensic science standards used in the trail.

The families are hoping that all members of the Policing Board will attend to hear their concerns and their views on a way forward.
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CHAIRMAN TO SPEAK AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MADRID THIS WEEK
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Mon 21 January 2008
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Michael Gallagher, Chairman of Omagh Bomb victims group is a guest speaker at the 4th International Conference on Victims of Terrorism taking place in Madrid this week.

He is one of five guest speakers to share his terrorist related experiences.

The Omagh Support Group is a non political support group who represents all those who lives have been affected by terrorism.

Mr Gallagher is a regular speaker at international conferences; he spoke recently in Washington DC and Bogota, Columbia and also addressed the first international conference in 2004 in Madrid.

His 21 year old son is one of 31 victims who lost their lives in the Omagh Bomb.

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For further information contact:

Michael Gallagher: 07759360603
Omagh Support and Self Help Group: (028) 8225 9877
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