Could civil action give relatives a viable route to justice?

A bit after the fact, since we were a little bogged down last week with the repercussions of the European election results, but it looks like the Omagh families are now targeting individuals on the Army Council of the Real IRA for civil action… Could this be a viable second front for relatives whose attempts to gain justice through the criminal justice system have been stymied various pieces of legislation, from the 2005 Enquiries Act to the legislaiton underpinning the St Andrews Agreement? Could that open up the responsibilities of organisations like the UDA, the UVF and the IRA itself under fire too…

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