Daly remanded in custody over Omagh bomb charges

April 14, 2014

Prominent republican Seamus Daly has been remanded in custody charged with involvement in the 1998 Omagh bomb attack.  The Culloville, County Monaghan man faces a total of 33 charges, including 29 murder charges and two others linked to the Omagh bomb, as well as two separate charges related to an attempted explosion in Lisburn in 1998.

The Real IRA attack in Omagh was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, killing 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injuring more than 200. It happened just four months after the Good Friday peace agreement was signed.

No-one has ever been successfully convicted in a criminal court of carrying out the bombing, however, 43 year old Daly was one of four men ordered to pay more than £1.5m in damages to the families of those killed in the bombing after they took a landmark civil action against the men they claimed were responsible for carrying out the atrocity.

He has also previously pleaded guilty in the Republic of Ireland to membership of the IRA.

Daly was arrested last Monday in Newry and, after police were granted extra time to question him, he was charged on Thursday in connection with the attack.

The leading republican appeared before Dungannon Magistrates Court on Friday, where bail was refused because of police concerns that he may flee the jurisdiction.  He was remanded in custody to appear again in May.

Mr Daly has always denied any involvement in the Omagh bombing.