Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


On August 15, 1998, a terrorist bomb exploded in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The 500-pound bomb, which detonated in the main marketplace of the city, killed twenty-eight people and injured more than 200 others. Following the tragedy, Ireland's Prime Minister Ahern pledged to bring those responsible to justice by making certain amendments to the Offences Against the State Act of 1939.

This Note discusses whether the Prime Minister and the government of the Republic of Ireland succeeded in this task, and if their efforts conform to the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.