Omagh bomb civil retrial date set for October this year

The civil retrial of two men being sued over the 1998 Omagh bombing is set for October, a judge confirmed yesterday.

Mr Justice Gillen said he was setting aside up to six weeks to hear the case against Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly.

He also set out his intention to deliver a verdict within a fortnight of the new hearing being completed.

Mr Murphy and Mr Daly are defending an action by relatives of some of the 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, killed in the Real IRA attack.

They were ordered to face a retrial after their appeals against being held liable for the bombing were upheld.

Two other men found responsible in the initial landmark ruling, convicted Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt and fellow dissident republican Liam Campbell, failed to have the findings against them overturned.

They are attempting to take their case to the Supreme Court in London.

Fixing the retrial date for 3 October, Mr Justice Gillen directed lawyers on both sides to convene a meeting to agree what issues would be contested.

Although he allocated six weeks for the hearing, the judge said he expected it to be completed in a shorter time.

No-one has been successfully criminally convicted of the bombing which devastated the County Tyrone market town.