Aftermath: The Omagh Bombing and the Families' Pursuit of Justice

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The Omagh bomb was the worst massacre in Northern Ireland's modern history—yet from it came a most extraordinary tale of human resilience, as families of murdered people channeled their grief into action. As the bombers congratulated themselves on escaping justice, the families determined on a civil case against them and their organization. In Omagh, on Saturday, August 15, 1998, a massive bomb placed by the so-called Real IRA murdered five men, fourteen women, nine children, and a pair of unborn twins. Although the police believed they knew the identities of the killers, there was insufficient evidence to bring charges. Taking as their motto "For evil to triumph, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing," families of ten of the dead decided to pursue these men through the civil courts, where the burden of proof is lower. This is the remarkable account of how these families—who had no knowledge of the law and no money, and included a cleaner, a mechanic, and a bookie—became internationally recognized, formidable campaigners and surmounted countless daunting obstacles to win a famous victory. How these mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers turned themselves into the scourge of the Real IRA is not just an astonishing story in itself. It is also a universal story of David challenging Goliath, as well as an inspiration to ordinary people anywhere devastated by terrorism.

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As the bombers of Omagh, 1998 congratulated themselves on escaping justice, the families of the twenty-nine victims determined on a civil case against them. This is the astonishing story of how these relatives became the scourge of the Real IRA.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards is an historian, journalist, and crime writer. Her non-fiction includes Newspapermen; The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist, 1843-1993; and Victor Gollancz: A Biography—winner of the James Tate Black Memorial Prize. Her eleven crime novels are satires on the British Establishment.

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