Omagh civil action case to resume

A landmark civic court case against five men accused of carrying out one of the worst atrocities in the North will reopen in Dublin today.

The £14m (€17.5m) action by six families is against five men they believe are responsible for the RIRA blast in August 1998 which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins.

Alleged RIRA leader Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, said to be his number two, Colm Murphy, Seamus McKenna and Seamus Daly all deny any involvement in the bomb attack.

The groundbreaking court case is the first time the victims of terrorism are confronting the alleged perpetrators.

More than 50 gardaí were summonsed to testify in the District Court in Dublin.

When the case first sat two weeks ago, barristers had planned to take evidence from the first 29 officers.

However, just seven gardaí took the witness box before the case was adjourned until today. A further four statements were read into the record in Belfast.

Evidence is being heard by District Court Judge Conal Gibbons in the presence of Mr Justice Morgan, who has presided over the case in Belfast Crown Court but had no judicial powers in Dublin.

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