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The Omagh Bomb - A List of Source Material

This is a draft list of some of the source material on the Omagh Bombing, 15 August 1988.

 

Book

Spencer, Graham. (2005) Omagh: Voices of Loss. Dublin: The Appletree Press Ltd.

 

Articles

Bew, Paul. (1998) ‘Can Trimble Survive’, Fortnight, No.373, September 1998, p.13

Breen, S. (1998) ‘Long War Over’, Fortnight, No. 373, September 1998, p.7

Brogden, Mark. (1998) ‘Decommissioned’, Fortnight, No. 373, September 1998, p.12

Dingley, J., and Kirk-Smith, M. (2000) ‘How Could They Do It? The Bombing of Omagh, 1998'. Journal of Conflict Studies, XX, (1): 105-126

Foley, M., and O'Farrell, J. (1998) 'Bordering on Peace' (The bombing of Omagh in Northern Ireland). Index on Censorship, 27, (5): 126-129

Guelke, Adrian. (1998) ‘The Greatest Tradegy’, Fortnight, No. 373, September 1998, p.10-11

Jenkins, Mark., and McKinney, Leslie. (2000) ‘An analysis of the medical response to the Omagh Bomb. Belfast: DHSSPS.

McGuinness, D., Carney, J., Finn, P., and McGeehan, I. (2000) 'Crossing the Bridge of Hope with Children in Omagh'. Child Care in Practice, 6, (4): 306-315

n.a. (1998) ‘Reporting after Omagh’, Fortnight, No.373, September 1998, p.14

n.a. (1998) ‘Never Again’, Fortnight, No. 373, September 1998, p.5

 

Reports

Nally, Dermot., Brosnan, Joseph., and Barnes, Eamonn. (2003) Report of Group established by the Minister for Justice to examine matters arising from the "Report raising concerns of the activity of An Garda Siochana Officers during 1998", (June 2003), [PDF; 141KB]. Dublin: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

 

Speeches / Statements / Press Releases on the Omagh Bomb

Adams, Gerry. (1998) Keynote Statement by Gerry Adams, then Sinn Fein President, on the Omagh Bombing and the state of the Peace Process, (1 September 1998). Belfast: Sinn Fein.

Ahern, Bertie. (2002) Statement by Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach, Concerning Recent Suggestions Regarding Events Surrounding the Omagh Bombing, (5 November 2002). Dublin: Department of the Taoiseach.

Ahern, Bertie. (2001) Statement by Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach, on the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's Report on Omagh Bombing, (12 December 2001). Dublin: Department of the Taoiseach.

Ahern, Bertie. (1998) Statement by Bertie Ahern, then Taioseach, to the Dáil on the Omagh Bombing, (2 September 1998). Dublin: Oireachtas.

Ahern, Bertie. (1998) Press Release on behalf of Bertie Ahern, then Taiseach, Welcoming Statement by Sinn Féin on the Omagh Bomb, (1 September 1998). Dublin: Department of the Taoiseach.

Ahern, Bertie. (1998) Statement by Bertie Ahern, then Taiseach, Condemning the Omagh Bomb, (15 August 1998). Dublin: Department of the Taoiseach.

Blair, Tony. (1998) Statement by Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, on the Omagh Bombing to the House of Commons, (2 September 1998). London: Prime Minster's Office.

Clinton, Bill. (1998) Remarks by Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America (USA), to the Victims and Families of Victims of the Bombing in Omagh, (3 September 1998). Washington: Office of the Press Secretary, White House.

Irish Government. (1998) Statement issued by the Irish Government in response to the Omagh Bomb, (19 August 1998). Dublin: Oireachtas.

Irish Republican Army (IRA). (1998) Text of an interview with a spokesperson from the Irish Republican Army (IRA), conducted by 'An Phoblacht / Republican News', (interview 1 September 1998; published 3 September 1998). Belfast: An Phoblacht / Republican News.

Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP). (1998) Statement by the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) following the Omagh Bomb, (17 August 1998). Belfast: Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP).

McDowell, Michael. (2003) Statement by Michael McDowell, then Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, on the Nally Group Report, Dáil Éireann, (16 December 2003). Dublin: Oireachtas.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2003) Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) Press Release: DCC Tonge Presents Final Omagh Report, (4 April 2003). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2002) Northern Ireland Policing Board Press Release: Terms of Reference Agreed on 16th May 2002 for the Investigation into the Omagh Bomb. Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2002) Northern Ireland Policing Board Statement on its Recommendations on the Omagh Reports, (7 February 2002). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2002) Northern Ireland Policing Board, Specially Convened Meetings to Discuss the Omagh Reports, (5 and 7 of February 2002). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2002) Northern Ireland Policing Board Press Release: Board Holds Omagh Meeting, (28 January 2002). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2002) Northern Ireland Policing Board Press Release: Board Remains Committed to Omagh, (9 January 2002). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2001) Northern Ireland Policing Board Press Release: Policing Board to Take Lead on Omagh Report, (20 December 2001). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). (2001) Northern Ireland Policing Board Press Release: Northern Ireland Policing Board to Consider Police Ombudsman Report on Omagh Investigation, (12 December 2001). Belfast: Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Police Association for Northern Ireland (PANI). (2003) Statement issued by the Police Association for Northern Ireland (PANI) following the withdrawal of a judicial review brought by the PANI to quash the Police Ombudsman's report into events surrounding the Omagh bombing, (Thursday, 23 January 2003). Belfast: Police Association for Northern Ireland (PANI).

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI). (2003) Police Ombudsman's statement following the withdrawal of a judicial review brought by the Police Association for Northern Ireland (PANI) to quash her report into events surrounding the Omagh bombing, (Thursday, 23 January 2003). Belfast: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. (2001) Statement by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland on her Investigation of matters relating to the Omagh Bomb on August 15, 1998, (12 December 2001), [Version 1; PDF; 36KB - Version 2; PDF; 65KB]. Belfast: Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). (2002) PSNI Response to Ombudsman’s Report on the Omagh Bomb Investigation, (24 January 2002). Belfast: PSNI.

Real Irish Republican Army (rIRA). (1998) Statement issued by the 'real' IRA admitting responsibility for the Omagh bomb, 18 August 1998. Dublin: 'Real' Irish Republican Army.

Real Irish Republican Army (rIRA). (1998) Statement issued by the 'real' IRA announcing a suspension of military operations, 18 August 1998. Dublin: 'Real' Irish Republican Army.

Thirty-two County Sovereignty Committee. (1998) Statement issued by the 32-County Sovereignty Committee following the Omagh Bomb, 16 August 1998. Belfast: 32-County Sovereignty Committee.

 

Legislative Response to the Omagh Bomb

In the wake of the Omagh Bomb the British and Irish governments responded by introducing emergency pieces of legislation. At Westminster on 3 September 1998 the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy Act) became law. On the same day the Dáil met to pass the Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act.

Great Britain. Parliament. (1998) Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy Act), 1998. London: HMSO. {external_link}

Republic of Ireland. Dáil. (1998) Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act, 1998. Dublin: Office of the Attorney General. {external_link}

 

Television Programmes concerning the Omagh Bomb

BBC1, Spotlight, ‘Political Repercussions Of The Omagh Bomb’, 08/09/1998

BBC1, Panorama, ‘Who Bombed Omagh?’, 09/10/2000
- transcript available {external_link}

BBC2, Hearts and Minds, ‘Sober Reflection’, 13/12/2001
Nuala O'Loan, then Police Ombudsman, and Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI, discuss their differences over the handling of the investigation of the case of the Omagh bomb.

BBC2, Newsnight, 13/12/2001
Transcript of Interview with Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI, on BBC 'Newsnight' Programme, 13 December 2001.

UTV, Insight, ‘Policing in the Dock (1)’, 17/01/2002
Nuala O'Loan, the Police Ombudsman, profiled; discussion of the role of Special Branch informer 'Kevin Fulton'; and relatives of Omagh victims interviewed.

BBC 1, Spotlight, 23/01/2002
Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI, replies to the criticisms contained in the report by Nuala O'Loan, then Police Ombudsman; Flanagan defends the actions of Special Branch; and relatives of the Omagh victims comment.

UTV, Insight, ‘Policing in the Dock (2)’, 24/01/2002
Coverage of the meeting between Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable of the PSNI, and the Omagh relatives; and Omagh relatives in studio discussion.

UTV, Insight, ‘The Flanagan Years’, 28/02/2002
Profile of Ronnie Flanagan, then Chief Constable, of the PSNI and his time in charge of the police in NI; with studio discussion.

Channel 4, ‘Missed Warnings’, 28/10/2002
Two reports on police failings both North and South on warnings about the Omagh bomb attack.

UTV, Insight, ‘Too Many Chiefs’, 20/02/2003
Profile of Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan's report on the RUC investigation into the Omagh bomb, and the massive impact on the RUC hierarchy. Omagh relatives give their reactions, the Police Federation, Assistant Chief Constables, Sam Kinkaid and Alan McQuillan, and ACC S.White disagree.

BBC 1, Spotlight, ‘Dissident Ranks’, 04/03/2003
Profile of the dissident Republicans and their military and political efforts to destablise any moves towards peace. Interviews with 32 County Sovereignty Committee members Francis Mackey and Marian Price, also Republican Sinn Féin's Rory O’Brady. Comments from Sinn Féin's M.McLaughlin, and M.Gildernew. Profile of Real IRA’s Michael McKevitt, and film of Real IRA’s Joe O’Connor’s funeral.

RTE 1, Bombers (Part 3), 28/10/2003
Includes Provisional IRA arms buying in the USA and FBI counter measures. Also a profile of the PIRA's Libyan link. Then follows a look at the use of human bombs as in the case of Patrick Gillespie on 24 October 1990; and the development of new detonation techniques and the huge PIRA bombs in London; and lastly the Real IRA's Omagh bomb.

Channel 4, ‘Omagh’, first shown on 27/05/2004
This feature film examines the events and aftermath of August 15th 1998, when a Real IRA bomb claimed thirty-one lives. It tells the story of the 'Omagh Support and Self Help Group' as they strive to find the truth of what happened that day. At the heart of the film is the story of Michael Gallagher, who lost his 21-year-old son Aiden in the explosion, and who has become a key spokesman and lobbyist for the Support Group.

 

Web Sites with information on the Omagh Bomb

Omagh Support and Self Help Group
http://www.omaghbomb.co.uk/ {external_link}

Omagh Bomb Digital Archive
http://www.omagharchive.co.uk/ {external_link}

BBC News Online: The Omagh Bomb
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/northern_ireland/2000/the_omagh_bomb/default.stm {external_link}

Channel 4
http://www.channel4.com/life/microsites/O/omagh/index.html {external_link}

Omagh Bomb web site hosted at irelandstory.com
http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/ireland/past/omagh/main.html {external_link}

Omagh District Council, Information on the Omagh Bomb
http://www.omagh.gov.uk/district_of_omagh/omagh_remembers/ {external_link}

 


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