Omagh bomb victim’s father rages at McGuinness

Father of Buncrana boy ‘horrified’ as McGuinness attends royal banquet

James Barker was one of three Buncrana boys killed in the Omagh bomb.

The father of a Buncrana boy killed in the Omagh bomb said he was ‘filled with horror’ after Martin McGuinness attended a state banquet, hosted by the Queen of England at Windsor Castle this week.
Victor Barker, whose 12-year-old son James was among 29 people to lose their lives in the 1998 Real IRA blast, claimed that the Sinn Fein NI Deputy First Minister ‘knows the identity of those’ behind the murders.
On Tuesday night the 57-year-old protested outside Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II was hosting a State dinner to mark Irish President Michael D. Higgins’ visit to England.
Mr. Barker carried a placard with the message: ‘A terrorist in white tie and tails is still a terrorist. Martin McGuinness, it is time to tell the truth.’
“It fills me with horror that he is dressing up in a white tie and tails and sitting there at a gala State banquet. He has got to own up to what he did,” he said.
Meanwhile police in the North on Monday confirmed that a man has been arrested in the Newry area in connection with the Omagh bombing. He was detained and taken to Antrim for questioning.
No one has ever been convicted for the atrocity. One man was tried for it in Belfast but was acquitted. Another man was convicted in Dublin but his conviction was later overturned.


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