A Belfast judge ruled on Wednesday that two alleged leaders of the Real Irish Republican Army were liable for damages in the 1998 Omagh car bombing that killed 29 civilians and wounded 200 others. Justice John Gillen told a Belfast court the case against Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly was "overwhelming." The police have failed to win any criminal convictions in the bombing, the most deadly single attack during the years of violence known as the "Troubles."
The victims' families say that both Mr. Murphy and Mr. Daly were members of the now-disbanded Real I.R.A., one of a number of republican splinter groups to emerge in protest of the signing of the 1998 Good Friday peace accord and the agreement by the I.R.A. to decommission its weaponry. Lawyers for the families said they would pursue damages from those who had been found responsible.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.