21 Mar 2012

A English law firm has apologised to some of the victims of the Omagh bombing after an information breach saw sensitive documents uploaded on to the internet.

H2O Law has been representing some of the victims of the 1998 atrocity.

The documents were placed on a server which was not secure and open to the public.

Some of the files included lengthy medical and psychological reports, and information from Garda witnesses.

The files were taken down after the law firm was contacted by the Irish Times last Thursday.

The paper agreed not to publish details until the documents, and “cached” copies, were removed from the internet.

On Friday, a Belfast judge confirmed the civil retrial of two men being sued over the 1998 Omagh bombing.

Mr Justice Gillen said he was setting aside up to six weeks in October to hear the case against Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly.

Twenty-nine people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed when a Real IRA bomb exploded in the County Tyrone town on 15 August 1998.