1998 – Massive bomb explodes in Omagh shopping centre; 29 people are killed and hundreds injured.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

An IRA bomb explodes in Omagh, Co Tyrone killing 29 people. As a result of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the people of Northern Ireland thought they had seen the end of violence. However, a tiny breakaway group of IRA dissidents who called themselves The Real IRA thought otherwise and continued the campaign to rid Northern Ireland of “British occupation.” The events of Omagh were a microcosm of how both Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries operated over the previous thirty years. A tiny minority intent on destruction provided poor telephoned bomb warnings to the authorities. In the confusion and it appears general laxness of residents and police authorities, the victims were unknowingly shepherded close to the car that contained 500 lbs of explosives. The victims never had a chance.

It has been alleged that the British, Irish and American intelligence agencies had information which could have prevented the bombing; most…

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