Colm Murphy acquitted by the Special Criminal Court

Colm Murphy has walked free from the Special Criminal Court after it directed his acquittal on a charge connected to the Omagh bombing.

Mr Murphy from Ravensdale near Dundalk in Co Louth was standing retrial after being freed on bail in 2005 when the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed his original conviction.

The prosecution alleged that Colm Murphy lent two phones to a man who used them while transporting a bomb in a stolen Vauxhall Cavalier car from Dundalk to Omagh.

Mr Murphy was charged with conspiring to cause an explosion between 13 and 16 August 1998.
On this day 20 of his re- trial the 3 judge special criminal court directed his acquittal after ruling that all the garda interviews conducted with Mr Murphy were inadmissable.

Michael Gallagher lost his son in the 1998 bomb attack on Omagh, and speaks on behalf of a number of bereaved families.

He says they feel deeply dissapointed and very let down by the justice systems in both juristictions.

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