Independent South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath will call on the Taoiseach during today’s Leaders Questions to respond to the urgent pleas of the families of the Omagh Bomb disaster who are pressing for a cross-border public inquiry in to the 1998 tragedy.
Deputy McGrath organised for a delegation of the Omagh Victim Support Group to present their case before members of the Oireachtas on May 1.
“All of us who were present at that briefing were powerfully moved by the courage and dedication of the families and survivors of Omagh in their pursuit of public accountability.
“It is simply unacceptable that despite their constant request for a cross border public inquiry, nothing to date has been done to respond to it. I will today call on the Taoiseach to give renewed urgency to the cause of the families who have already suffered long enough,” Deputy McGrath said.
Michael Gallagher whose 21 year old son Aidan was killed at Omagh is expected to be present as Deputy McGrath raises the issue.
Mr Gallagher has already expressed his deep sense of gratitude to Deputy McGrath for bringing the plight of the families to public attention.
“As a father myself I could not simply come away from meeting this man, whose courage I admire deeply, and do nothing. Indeed I count it as a privilege to be able to assist the families in this way by raising the issue at Leaders Questions,” concluded Deputy McGrath.