Bombing accused seeks victim report

A DUNDALK man is one of two men who have launched a legal bid to get access to a report commissioned by victims of the Omagh bombing who are sueing them in a civil case.

A DUNDALK man is one of two men who have launched a legal bid to get access to a report commissioned by victims of the Omagh bombing who are sueing them in a civil case.

Colm Mulphy, a Dundalk based publican and builder, and Séamus Daly from Culloville are being sued by the victims of the Omagh bombing at the High Court in Belfast.

29 people died in Omagh bombing in 1998 when a bomb planted by the Real IRA was detonated near the town centre.

The two had successfully appealed a earlier decision that said they were liable for the bombing and the pair are now facing the retrial.

No one has ever been criminally convicted of the attack, which was most lethal single incident over the course of the Troubles.

Lawyers for Murphy and Daly now want access to a reported that was commissioned by the victim’s group, who called themselves the Omagh Self-Help and Support Group. The report was completed by a London legal firm and has not been made public.

Mr Murphy, with an address at Ravensdale was charged in 2001 with conspiring in Dundalk with another person to cause an explosion in the State or elsewhere between 13 August and 16 August, 1998. He was innitially convicted, but he successfully overturned the conviction and was acquitted in 2010.

Two years ago the four men, including Murphy, were found liable for the attack in a civil case and ordered to pay £1.6 million in compensation.

Both Murphy and Daly appeals for a retrial were upheld and the case was due to begin this week, but has been put back to due the defence lawyer being unwell.