Omagh dossier reopened

Well done the MPs on the NI Committee for gnawing away at the Omagh bombing. Tomorrow afternoon at 3.15 ( Monday 16 March) should see a more than ever relevant re-opening of the Omagh dossier, with the families’ representatives appearing before the Commons NI committee in the Stormont senate chamber, followed by John Ware, the indefatigable Panorama reporter on Wednesday week. Ware has asked, as Slugger has noted, what exactly was GCHQ listening to? on the day and what if anything was withheld from the police investigation? Was the bombers’ car bugged by the security service? After the Intelligence Commissioner’s report into Panorama’s very detailed investigation and Wares;’ rebuttal of it, questions remain about the ability to track bombers to which last week’s murders have added urgency and poignancy. Unfortunately, the upsurge in violence make it even less likely that answers will be provided – at least officially.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London