Omagh blast 'shook Real IRA leader'
The FBI spy David Rupert told a Dublin court yesterday how the alleged head of the Real IRA discussed the Omagh bomb with him at their first meeting. Mr Rupert, a US citizen who also worked for MI5, is the key witness against Michael McKevitt, who denies membership of the dissident republican group and directing terrorism. Yesterday he described how he met Mr McKevitt in a Monaghan hotel in the Irish Republic in the late summer of 1999, a year after the Omagh atrocity. It was the first of 20 such meetings, the details of which will form the core of the prosecution case. Mr Rupert claimed Mr McKevitt, one of five men against whom the Omagh bereaved have launched a civil action, was “horribly upset” by the bombing. It was seen as a “black mark, even to the hardest of hardcore republicans” as it had exploded in a crowded shopping street, killing 29 people. Full Story