Published Wednesday, 18 September 2013
The scene of the 1998 Real IRA bomb in the Co Tyrone town of Omagh. (© Pacemaker)
The meeting was held in private at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday following her refusal last week to commission an independent probe into the 1998 Real IRA bombing.
Michael Gallagher, whose 21-year-old son Aidan lost his life in the tragedy, said the families have been told nothing has changed.
He continued: "There was no change of minds. She attempted to justify her decision and give her reasons but we still do not accept them. She gave us some detail but there was other information we wanted that she did not have at hand, which surprised us.
"We informed her that we intend to pursue the legal route and let the courts decide."
Last month the families released details of an independent report they had which alleged there had been intelligence failings in the lead up to the bombing.
They said the document, compiled by London-based security experts, included emails detailing communication between an FBI agent who had infiltrated the Real IRA at the time of the bombing, and his handlers.
They claim the messages identify Omagh as a potential target and establish a time frame consistent with the eventual attack.
However, Ms Villiers said she did not believe there were sufficient grounds to justify a state inquiry into the atrocity.
She said: "Representations received by the Secretary of State showed there was support for an inquiry among a number of survivors and families of those killed in the bomb, but others felt that a further inquiry would cause them considerable trauma."
Victims and relatives said they were not surprised, but that they are bitterly disappointed.
The massive 500lb car-bomb detonated among shoppers in the market town of Omagh on 15 August, 1998 killing 29 people - including a woman pregnant with twins.
No-one has ever been criminally convicted over the bombing.
Four republicans were found liable and ordered to pay £1.6m compensation in 2009 in a landmark civil case taken by some of the bereaved families.
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