Police in Northern Ireland say they have charged a man with supplying the car used in the Omagh bombing. The 34-year-old was arrested in Newry, just across the border from his home town of Dundalk. The attack in 1998 was the bloodiest in three decades of violence in Northern Ireland. It was carried out by the Real IRA which broke away from the main Irish Republican Army over its decision to declare a ceasefire a year earlier. The blast in the busy market town killed 29 people.
Police have given few details about the man under arrest. He is expected to be appear in court today. Despite an exhaustive investigation no one has yet been charged with murder over the attack – a fact which has led to bitter complaints about the police’s handling of the case from victims relatives. The conviction of one man who had been accused of having a role in the bombing was quashed by an appeals court in Dublin. He is now facing a re-trial.