Michael's story - grief leads to historic defeat of terrorists in court
You never know your strength until you're tested.
Such a test came to Michael Gallagher in the form of a terrorist attack on Saturday August 15, 1998 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The attack injured 220 people and claimed 29 lives, including that of Michael's 21-year old son Aidan.
In the wake of the bombing, Gallagher believed his nation's anti-terrorism laws needed improving and that officials continued to ignore concerns about the police’s handling of the bombing investigation. In the absence of any criminal convictions, Gallagher and 3 other victims' families launched a civil action suit against the terrorists they believed were chiefly responsible . On June 8, 2009, after almost a decade of fighting and marking the first legal victory of families over terrorists, the Omagh families won a historic ruling that convicted four IRA terrorists and ordered them to pay the families more than £1.6 million in damages.
“We have sent out a message to terrorists that from now on you don't only have to worry about the authorities - the families of your victims will come after you.” - Michael Gallagher
Learn more about the events in Omagh by watching Michael's story. Then share his inspirational message to encourage others to speak out against terrorism.
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