Belfast Telegraph
11 June 2012

Terry Waite is to be a guest at an international terror conference in Omagh

Beirut hostage Terry Waite will be a guest speaker at an international victims of terror conference in Northern Ireland this week.

It is being held in Omagh, where 29 people died in a Real IRA car bomb blast in 1998. Stephen Travers, survivor of the Miami Showband Massacre by loyalists, will also address delegates from across Europe and America.

The conference aims to discuss and share lessons learned by victims’ organisations. The meeting will be held on June 12 and 13 and is the first time the event has taken place in Ireland.

Michael Gallagher from the Omagh Support and Self Help Group said: “Victims and survivors of terrorism throughout Europe and America will share their experience and discuss best practices around the EU on the legal, health care and social and psychological support to victims of terrorism, from the public and private organisations focused on supporting victims of terrorism and from the associations of victims of terrorism.

“We will be expressing solidarity will all victims of terrorism, especially those who are suffering in Syria.”

The conference will take place at the Ulster American Folk Park.