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Political Apologies and Reparations Document List Details

$2.6 Million Awarded in Suit Over Northern Ireland Attack

Author: John F. Burns
Source: New York Times (Link)
Date: 08 June 2009
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Document Type: Press
Donor: Real Irish Republican Army,RIRA Event Date: 15 August 1998
Recipient: Victims (Omagh Bombing) Reparation Date: 8 June 2009

On Saturday 15 August 1998, in Omagh, Northern Ireland a paramilitary car bomb exploded killing 29 people and injuring 220.  The attack was carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army, and became known as Northern Ireland's worst single terrorist atrocity.


Financial compensation ($2.6 million).


A Northern Ireland judge ruled that four of the five men being sued by 12 relatives were liable or responsible for the 1998 Omagh bombing, and awarded the plaintiffs damages of $2.6 million.  This is said to be the first time anywhere in the world that the relatives of terrorists' victims have obtained redress through the civil courts.  In 2007 Sean Hoey, was tried under the criminal-justice system but was eventually acquitted.  However, in this civil case the plaintiffs did not need to prove criminal charges to claim compensation, just that they had been harmed by personal injury or trespass.


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