No public inquiry into Omagh bomb: NIO

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The North’s Secretary of State says she has decided not to hold a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the 1998 Omagh bombing in which three Buncrana schoolchildren died.

Theresa Villiers says she does not believe there is sufficient grounds to justify a further inquiry beyond those that have already taken place.

Three local children, Oran Doherty (8), Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12) were killed in the explosion. Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocio Abad Ramos (23), Spaniards on an exchange programme in Buncrana, were also among the dead.

Ms. Villiers said it was not an easy decision and that “all views had been carefully considered”.

Ms Villiers said she believed the ongoing investigation by the police ombudsman was the best way to address any outstanding issues.

Some relatives are to go to court to fight for an inquiry.