"I met today with representatives of the Omagh Support and Self-help Group and received from them a copy of a report they have on events relating to the Omagh bombing on 15 August 1998.

I am grateful to the Omagh group for providing me with a copy of the report and I will read and consider it fully. I have indicated to the Group that I will also forward the report to the Garda Commissioner for his consideration.

The atrocity at Omagh was a callous and brutal act of murder carried out by people with no regard for human life. I share with the Omagh relatives and with all right-thinking people the aim of doing all we reasonably can to try to prevent any repeat of such an awful tragedy."

19 July, 2012